High winds will continue to blast the Southwest into the weekend, bringing the already high fire threat to extreme levels.
"Winter-storm-style winds" are in store for the Southwest as a storm system plows from northern California into the interior Southwest.
Wind gusts of 35-45 mph will be stirred across the Southwest Deserts through tonight and into Saturday morning.
Winds of this magnitude threaten to rapidly spread the flames of wildfires already burning across the Southwest, particularly across fire-ravaged Arizona. Burning embers spread by winds can cause fires to jump.
Several wildfires continue to burn across Arizona, including the Gladiator Fire, which has charred more than 16,200 acres. The Sunflower Fire has burned more than 16,100 acres in Arizona.
Across western New Mexico, multiple fires are burning in the Gila National Forest. For details on fire stats, visit Inciweb.
AccuWeather meteorologists will continue to monitor the potential for spreading wildfires and impacts of smoke from fires in the Southwest over the next couple of days.
The strong cross winds will make travel dangerous for high profile vehicles, with the highest gusts threatening to overturn semi trucks and campers. Any blowing dust stirred by the winds could suddenly reduce the visibility, creating hazards for any motorists.
Meanwhile, the northerly winds will also herald the arrival of cooler air for areas that have been sizzling.
Temperatures have been soaring into the upper 90s and 100 degrees in Phoenix since the middle of May. By Saturday, the high will be in the mid-80s.
The core of heat will shift from the Southwest to the Ohio Valley by Memorial Day weekend.
A blast of arctic air will be accompanied by flurries and even a localized wall of snow in some communities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest at the start of the Valentine's Day weekend.
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The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine's Day weekend.
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Snowstorm and High Winds 16.7 in. of snow. Wind gusts to 61 mph. 11.6 in. of snow. Isolated 24 hours. 16 in. of snow.
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Worst snowstorm in the South in decades. As much as 15-21 inches in places.
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