Strong winds along with dry conditions will support elevated to critical fire weather conditions Thursday for portions of southern Nevada.
The chance for isolated dry thunderstorms may also develop over parts of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, which could ignite critically dry fuels.
A Fire Weather Warning is in effect Thursday afternoon for parts of the southern Great Basin. The fire weather threat will then ramp back up Friday and Saturday for the same area and potentially in the central High Plains, the National Weather Service said.
A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for southern Nevada and Arizona for Friday and Saturday. Some larger populated areas of concern for a critical fire weather risk include the entire Las Vegas metro area.
This comes as a well-defined cold front slowly pushing east across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California has prompted High Wind Watches for portions of the Great Basin on Friday.
The winds will increase, with gusts of 30 to 40 mph on Thursday followed by gusts of 40 to 55 mph Friday and Saturday, according to the NWS. Gusts of 60 mph or higher will be possible in the higher terrain near central Nevada.
Blowing dust, debris and hazardous crosswinds are also expected.
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