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Park Service Reminding People to be Weather Safe

Park Service Reminding People to be Weather Safe

Strong winds and freezing temperatures have moved into southern Nevada and park rangers at Lake Mead are reminding people to be weather smart while visiting the lake.

One of the biggest concerns for the lake is the strong winds that are expected with the cold front. Winds can cause waves that can capsize a boat. Lake Mead staff observed four to five-foot swells Tuesday morning.

The water temperature is about 62 degrees and hypothermia can occur within one hour of being in the water.

Another concern is the cold temperatures. A hard freeze watch is in effect until Saturday. The coldest temperatures are expected for Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Rangers are reminding hunters and hikers to dress warmly and know what time the sun will go down. The sunset is around 4 p.m., during this time of year, and temperatures can drop 10 degrees in a couple of hours.

Wet Weather Closes Two Roads in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The wet weather has forced the closure of two roads in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Both Willow Beach and St. Thomas roads are closed because of damage from the storm that rolled into southern Nevada Thursday.

Willow Beach Road is on Lake Mohave in Arizona. Mud, boulders and other debris have washed across the road making it impassable. Crews are working to clear the debris, and it should be open late Friday afternoon.

St. Thomas Road, which is located near Overton, is a dirt road. The wet weather has made it unstable. The road will remain closed until it dries out.

 

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Colorado River Valley and Lake Mead

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Colorado River Valley and Lake Mead

 

For the first time this year, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Colorado River Valley and Lake Mead.

The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday. These types of warnings are more common during the spring because of the strong winds and low humidity.

According to the weather service, winds will be from the north at between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts as high as 40 miles per hour. Relative humidity will be as low as 7 percent.

The warning is a reminder for everyone of the extreme risk for wildfires. Erratic winds and low humidity means even a small spark could start a fire that could grow out of control rapidly.

 

St. Thomas Road Closed, Rangers Warn of Other Road Problems

St. Thomas Road Closed, Rangers Warn of Other Road Problems

 

The National Park Service announced that St. Thomas Road will be closed until further notice because of damage from recent thunderstorms.

Park rangers urge visitors to be cautious when driving on roads near Lake Mead National Recreation Area for the next few weeks. Thunderstorms have left many roads in the backcountry covered with debris and mud. It could take weeks for the roads to be cleared.

All paved and access roads in developed areas are open. 

Thunderstorms Expected at Lake Mead on the Fourth

Thunderstorms Expected at Lake Mead on the Fourth

Officials at Lake Mead Recreation Area are warning people about the possibility of severe weather on the Fourth of July.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms and gusty winds, powered by monsoon moisture, are expected for Clark, Mohave and San Bernardino Counties. The thunderstorms are expected as early as Wednesday afternoon on Lake Mead. The stormy weather is expected to be around through Thursday morning. Drier conditions should move into the area Friday.

The National Park Service is warning people to plan trips to the lake around the weather. They also remind people that storms can form quickly, especially from the south. Park rangers are expecting half a million visitors at Lake Mead in the 10 days around Independence Day.

Rangers say their first priority is preventing drownings. They recommend all swimmers wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

(Associated Press contributed to this report)

Brown Haze Covers Southern Nevada

Brown Haze Covers Southern Nevada

A brown haze covered southern Nevada Thursday forcing Clark County to issue an air quality alert.

Clark County Air Quality Meteorologists issued the alert because of unhealthy levels of haze in the area. They looked at particulate matter readings in Boulder City and the Las Vegas valley. They have been deciphering whether it is smoke or dust. However, they have not had any reports of major wildfires in Arizona. So, they do not think it is smoke. At this point, they believe it is dust from Arizona where strong weather systems created big dust storms.  

Allergists and immunologists, like Dr. Joel Katz, recommend people with respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema stay inside until the dust is blown out of southern Nevada. Children and seniors should also stay indoors. They also recommend that normally healthy people not workout outdoors.