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Park Service Reminding People to be Weather Safe
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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.

Campfires are permitted in developed grills and fire rings. Portable stoves and barbecues are also permitted.

The park service is reminding campers about the dangers of using a portable device inside a tent or camper.

“Visitors can keep warm with campfires, but they should never use grills, camp stoves or lanterns inside a tent or camper because they can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning,” Christie Vanover with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area said.

Vanover remind people to call 911 right away if they experience signs of cold stress. 

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