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5:36 AM Fri, Feb. 22nd

High winds blowing in for holiday

Conditions could mean trouble on roads, waterways

KINGMAN - The National Weather Service out of Las Vegas issued a wind advisory in effect today through the weekend for northern Arizona.

That could mean dangerous conditions on roads and waterways as people celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

Forecasters said a cold storm system that began moving into the area Thursday brought with it high winds that are expected to peak this afternoon into the evening.

Gusts of 50 to 65 miles per hours are expected in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains of Inyo County, the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range in southern Nevada and in Mohave County away from the Colorado River Valley. Local gusts as high as 70 mph are possible in the Spring Mountains. All other areas should see gusts mainly between 40 and 50 mph.

Crosswinds will make travel difficult if not dangerous, the National Weather Service warned. That includes travel on Interstate 40 between Barstow and Fort Rock, Ariz., and the bridge over the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam.

Boaters celebrating the Memorial Day holiday on Lake Havasu, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave are warned that the winds could kick up rough waters capable of capsizing boats and creating other dangerous conditions.

Those hosting Memorial Day events are also advised to tie down outdoor tents and other loose objects.

Low humidity, dry vegetation and gusty winds will create an increased danger for the spread of wildfires. Light showers are also possible but not likely for Mohave County over the weekend.