Wind advisory in effect for Arizona Strip, southern Nevada

This composite image includes a file photo of kites flying in the wind over St. George, Utah, April 2017 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Motorists in parts of Arizona and Nevada are advised to be extra careful as gusty winds make for potentially hazardous driving conditions Saturday into early Sunday morning.

Shaded areas of this map denote those subject to a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service. Radar map generated at 3:14 p.m. MST, Feb. 2, 2019 | Image courtesy courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for southern Nevada and the Arizona Strip in effect until Sunday at 3 a.m. MST / 2 a.m. PST.

Regionally affected communities and points of interest include the Hildale/Colorado City area, Mesquite, Las Vegas, Pipe Spring National Monument, Tuweep, Mt. Trumbell, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Western Grand Canyon.

According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of 25-35 mph with gusts of over 45 mph will be possible at times. These conditions can create hazardous cross winds for high-profile vehicles, and unsecured items may be blown away.

Strong winds are also expected to impact mountainous routes in western Utah. A flood watch and winter weather warning are also in effect for Southern Utah this weekend.

Read more: Southern Utah weekend weather: Great time to stay indoors as rain, snow, high winds are expected

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