A “large dust storm has forced the temporary closure of Interstate 15 near the Nevada-California border, transportation officials reported.
A dust storm Sunday afternoon caused low to zero visibility for commuters on I-15, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada reported.
Strong west winds, with gusts above 65 mph, forced the National Weather Service to issue a dust storm warning Sunday until 2 p.m. in southwest Clark County, including the I-15 near Primm, Nevada.
The transportation commission issued a travel alert at 2:02 p.m. that included the closure of southbound I-15 from the Primm/California state line. Intermittent closures are also expected throughout the night.
As of 3:40 p.m., Nevada officials said I-15 south of Primm was open but warned drivers of slow traffic.
Commuters are advised to use extra caution while traveling along I-15 on Sunday.
Officials at the Mojave National Preserve reported that strong winds caused debris to come out of the damaged roof area of the Hole-in-the-Wall information center.
The area is located east of Kelso, between I-15 and I-40.
The information center area is currently closed due to safety concerns. There are hopes of reopening when the winds calm down and repairs are made, park officials said.
In the Victor Valley, some of Sunday’s strongest winds were recorded between 63 and 52 mph in the Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley areas.
The Phelan and Pinon Hills areas recorded winds between 39 and 37 mph, the weather service reported.
Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds will develop Sunday night and bring gusts of 30 to 55 mph in many areas. Gusts of 55 to 75 mph are expected below Cajon Pass.
On Monday, gusts should reach 25 to 45 mph, and on Tuesday 45 to 60 mph. Windy conditions should end Wednesday, the NWS reported.