High Winds Buffet L.A. Area


High Winds Buffet L.A. Area

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - High winds buffeting the Los Angeles area will do so until Saturday afternoon, forecasters said.

A wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service will be in force until 1 p.m. Saturday in several areas of L.A. County, the NWS said from its forecast office in Oxnard.

Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of around 50 mph, were blowing in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Clarita Valley, and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, according to the weather service.

Slightly weaker winds -- 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph -- were blowing around Los Angeles in beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, Downtown L.A. and the Hollywood Hills. The wind advisory in that zone will be in force from 6 a.m. today until 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” warned an NWS statement. “When driving, use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.”

Winds of 20-30 mph with 45-mph gusts were also reported in inland Orange County, including in the mountains, with the strongest gusts -- 46 mph -- observed at Fremont Canyon. The wind advisory in Orange County will be in effect until 2 this afternoon.


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