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As Las Vegas gears up for dangerous heat next week, the area was shrouded by blowing dust on Saturday.
The gusty winds preceded a band of rain and thunderstorms that pressed into southern Nevada during the midday hours of Saturday.
Arriving flights were subject to a ground stop at McCarran International Airport, according to the FAA. Winds at the airport gusted to 31 mph. Visibility was reduced down to 3 miles.
At the nearby North Las Vegas Airport, winds gusted to 36 mph.
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The National Weather Service office in Las Vegas received numerous reports of visibility being dropped to a quarter-mile or less as the dust swept through. Winds gusted to around 50 mph around other parts of the Las Vegas Valley.
It is not out of the question for an isolated thunderstorm to develop over the higher terrain west of Las Vegas and bring another incident of blowing dust to the city into the upcoming week. However, the main story will be the upcoming surge of dangerous and record-challenging heat.
Dust storm in Las Vegas right now. pic.twitter.com/8em8VBHHHy— David S. Kahn (@KahnLV) July 21, 2018
Leading edge of the dust storm north of Kingman as seen near the Hualapai Valley Observatory! This storm is moving north quickly this morning! Follow @NWSVegas for the latest! #azwx pic.twitter.com/Hujg66giBq— Reid Wolcott (@LVMeteorologist) July 21, 2018
9:00am - Dust Storm Warning for portions of Central Mohave County including Kingman, Golden Valley, and Dolan Springs. If driving in this area prepare for low visibility. Pull off the road and turn off your lights to wait out the conditions. #azwx pic.twitter.com/Dbb7uu82HN— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) July 21, 2018
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