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April 23, 2014

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Gusty winds, rain, mountain snow headed for Las Vegas

Gusty winds are expected to blow through the Las Vegas Valley today ahead of Friday’s expected thunderstorms.

Wind gusts between 35 and 55 mph will last until about 7 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Harrison said. After a calm night, isolated thunderstorms and heavy winds are expected to slam the valley Friday morning.

The storm could dump between 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches of rain, causing slick roads and potential flooding, Harrison said. Most of the rain is expected between 6 and 8 a.m., followed by gusts between 30 and 40 mph in the afternoon.

The Spring Mountains are expected to get between an 1 inch and 1.5 inches of rain, with the potential for snow above 8,000 feet during the day and 6,500 feet at night, Harrison said. The precipitation could cause debris and mud flows in areas scarred by last summer’s fire on Mount Charleston.

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