Strong Winds Blowing Through Southern California

The wind continues to blow through portions of the Southland early this morning. A wind advisory is scheduled through 3 am on Thursday in the Antelope Valley thanks to wind speeds between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts surging up to 50 mph. 

Conditions will be similar in the Los Angeles portion of the San Gabriel Mountains where the advisory is set to expire at 6pm on Thursday. The Santa Clarita Valley wind advisory has been extended through 3pm on Friday. 

The National Weather Service is warning drivers that the strong winds could make driving difficult for those on some highways - especially Interstate 5 in the San Gabriels and the Antelope Valley Freeway (the 14) in the Antelope Valley. Those motorists in high-profile vehicles should exercise abundant caution while driving.

Beach hazards also remain in effect for the LA County coast through Friday evening. Surf of 3 to 6 feet will pound the coast with occasional sets of up to 8 feet are possible. 

``There is an increased risk of ocean drowning,'' warned an NWS  statement. ``Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Waves can  wash people off beaches and rocks and capsize small boats near shore.''

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 66 in  Newport Beach; 68 in San Clemente; 69 in Laguna Beach; 76 in Mission Viejo; 77  in Anaheim and Irvine; 80 in Fullerton; and 82 in Yorba Linda.

Enjoy the weather while it lasts - temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s over the next several  days -- mostly under sunny skies, except Thursday, when the region is forecast  to be partly cloudy.

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