Blustery Saturday prompts red flag warning |

Blustery Saturday prompts red flag warning

Carson Valley residents will awaken to a blustery Saturday with a wind advisory and red flag warning both starting in the early morning hours.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory starting 2 a.m. Saturday as a fall trough brings high winds and cooler temperatures to Western Nevada.

Those winds and dry vegetation have prompted the weather service to issue a red flag warning for critical fire danger.

While the high temperature is expected to drop 10 degrees on Saturday from today’s high of 92, Western Nevada won’t benefit from moisture the trough is predicted to bring to Northern California.

The wind advisory calls for 20-30 mph winds, gusting to 55 mph through the morning, with gusts up to 60 mph for wind prone areas, like Highway 88 through Carson Valley.

Forecasters are advising travelers in the western deserts that blowing dust could reduce visibility down to a mile. Drivers of high profile vehicles should watch for cross winds.

The wind advisory is expected to expire by 11 a.m., but the red flag warning will continue until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Forecasters are warning that activities outdoors which produce a spark, could quickly become a wildfire.