The National Weather Service has issued a Dust Storm Warning for Las Vegas and surrounding areas through 4:15 pm today due to potentially life-threatening conditions. The Warning includes the Las Vegas Valley, I-15 from Primm to the northeast side of the Valley, and Red Rock Canyon. In this area, people can expect dangerously low visibility, blowing dust, and strong, gusty winds.
Similar to a blizzard or snow squall that can bring about low visibility suddenly, a dust storm can completely obscure vision within a matter of seconds. Driving through such a storm can be life threatening and should be avoided. The National Weather Service cautions, “If driving, pull over and turn off all lights. Remove your foot from the brake.”
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According to the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, a dense dust channel was still occurring across Highway 95 between Goldfield and Tonopah. Other areas of blowing dust could be seen on satellite along Highway 95 and 6 west of Tonopah. Another dust channel was 18 miles southeast of Pierce Ferry and Antares Roads, roughly 30 miles north of Kingman. A dust channel also exists near Sandy Valley; it is moving northeast towards the Las Vegas Valley, moving northeast at 55 mph. In these areas, visibility is dropping below 1/4 mile; damaging winds in excess of 60 mph are also occurring. The combined impact of damaging wind gusts and blowing sand could have a sand-blasting effect on vehicles and their windshields, leading to additional visibility challenges.