A common occurrence this year has been the strong winds across western Texas and other parts of the Southwest. This trend will continue this weekend, as winds in excess of 20 mph will be common throughout this region.

In conjunction with the high winds, not much if any rain will fall. These two factors will cause copious amounts of blowing dust and will heighten the risk for wildfires. Please keep both of these dangerous phenomena in mind if you plan to be in this area of the country this weekend, as both wildfires and blowing dust can be a threat to lives and property.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette.