Conditions are expected to deteriorate across parts of the Southwest following a warm, sunny day Wednesday. A storm system from the Pacific will push through the Pacific Northwest and into the Rockies over the next 24-48 hours. This storm system will continue to intensify through the end of the week, and strong winds will be kicked up across California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

The system will also spread rain and mountain snow to interior parts of the Southwest for Friday into Saturday. One area likely to avoid precipitation from this system will be central and Southern California. The combination of drought conditions and gusty winds will result in another problem, however, the potential for brushfires.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak