Strong winds, chance of rain in Las Vegas Valley this week

Strong winds, chance of rain in Las Vegas Valley this week

Wildfire danger will increase in western and central parts of Oklahoma Thursday and Friday with sunny, warm weather and high winds, the National Weather Service reports.

It expects winds from the east-northeast at 15 mph to 20 mph, with gusts to 25 mph, and temperature highs in the upper 80s. Winds could gust as high as 21 miles per hour.

Rain and wind will continue overnight, along with the wind.

Snow levels are expected to lower to the 3,000- to 4,000-foot level. The forecast for thunderstorms here Friday was not completely certain as of Thursday morning, but if they do develop, there is a possibility of strong winds and small hail, according to the weather service.

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For Butte County maintained roads, check online at www.buttecounty.net/publicworks/RoadClosures.aspx.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The low will be around 48, with an east southeast wind of 8 to 16 miles per hour, gusting to 22 miles per hour.

A weak cold front will be here by Saturday (St. Patrick's Day.) This will spark off showers and an isolated thunderstorm midday through afternoon. A surface front will move across the area late Sunday night into Monday with north winds and a minor cool-down. South winds of 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Wednesday, the high will be near 54 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said.

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