Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 | 9:29 a.m.
A cold front from the northwest is bringing a wintry reality check for the Las Vegas Valley, with a wind advisory issued today and sub-freezing temperatures expected starting Friday, the National Weather Service said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Metzger said wind gusts of up to 50 mph are forecasted for today, with overnight lows below freezing in most parts of the valley throughout the weekend.
The low at McCarran International Airport is forecasted to be 34 degrees Friday morning, then dipping into the upper-20s through Sunday. Outlying areas across the valley could see low temperatures in the mid-20s.
While stretches of below-freezing weather are not common in the Las Vegas Valley, Metzger said, they happen about once a winter. Last year, without any lengthy stretches below freezing, was an exception, he said.
Metzger said people should be prepared for frozen pipes and pools and need to make sure outdoor pets are kept warm. Drivers need to be prepared for crosswind gusts today that could cause traffic accidents.