Strong Santa Ana Winds to Impact California Into Saturday
A strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana wind event will effect Southern California and interior areas of the state from tonight into Saturday. A strong area of high pressure will be building over the Great Basin and an upper level low will be developing over Baja California. The pressure difference between the weather systems will drive a strong northeasterly wind. The area could see potential wind gusts to 90 mph in some of the canyons, mountain peaks and passes. Sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph are likely in most areas with 50 to 60 mph gusts.
Drivers and boaters may face difficult conditions at times through Saturday. High profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers will be the most affected. Strong crosswinds may knock down trees and powerlines in areas receiving the highest wind gusts. The Sierra Crest may see gusts above 90 mph.
Residents are urged to secure objects that are outside or bring them inside. Areas of far Western Arizona and Southern Nevada will see the strong winds as well. Blowing dust and sand in the desert areas may reduce visibility to well under a mile at times.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels