KINGMAN - A spring storm system off the Pacific Ocean will bring strong winds to Mohave County today with gusts up to 50 mph, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Monday.
Winds were expected to pick up late Monday night and continue today with a wind advisory in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday for all of Mohave County, Nathan Foster said from the NWS regional office in Las Vegas.
High winds will linger along the Colorado River and southern portions of Mohave County for the next couple of days.
Foster said a "pretty strong" cold front is coming from the west and northwest that will drop temperatures by about 20 degrees.
The high reached 82 degrees Monday in Kingman and should stay close to 80 today, then drop to the mid-60s Wednesday, with an overnight low of 33.
"Before we get to the cold stuff, we're going to be looking at a bunch of wind," Foster said.
Winds will come from the south and southwest at 13 to 18 mph, picking up to 25 to 30 mph this afternoon. It will remain breezy throughout the evening.
That's a worrisome forecast for folks living in the Valle Vista and Red Lake areas, where recent windstorms have whipped up fugitive dust from nearby farming operations. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality received dozens of complaints.
The cold front comes just a couple weeks after Kingman broke high temperature records from the 1920s and '30s. The temperature hit 86 on March 28 and stayed around 85 for the next two days.
"It's been a little bit of a roller coaster," Foster said. "A couple days it'll be down, but short-lived. Going into next weekend we'll be in the 80s."
Along with strong winds and dry conditions comes a "red flag" warning for fire potential for parts of Mohave County.
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