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UPDATE: SCV: High wind warnings issued through Monday night

Gusts could hit 80 mph in mountains

Posted: April 6, 2013 11:43 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2013 12:52 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings through Monday night for potentially damaging winds possibly gusting up to 80 mph in the mountains.

Wind gusts of more than 60 mph are expected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties throughout today and tonight, with damaging winds particularly expected along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to a hazardous weather outlook issued today.

“Strong winds and moderately dry fuels will create an elevated fire weather concern,” National Weather Service forecasters said in the outlook.

Gale force winds are expected along the coastal areas.

Even stronger winds are expected Sunday night through Monday night, with wind gusts of 60 mph to 70 mph in the Antelope Valley and mountain areas and gusts up to 80 mph possible.

Downed trees and power outages are possible, along with property damage, forecasters said.

“Major roadways that will be affected by gusty winds through Monday include Interstate 5 through the Los Angeles County mountains (and) Highways 14 and 138,” forecasters warned in a special weather statement.

Mountain locations could have wind gusts over 80 mph Sunday night through Monday night, with the potential for damaging wind gusts over 60 mph in the Santa Clarita Valley and gusts possible up to 80 mph in the mountains, forecasters said.

The high winds are due to “a vigorous upper-level trough projected to dive southward from the Great Basin into Arizona, which will bring very significant upper-level wind ... and a surge of colder air into Southern California,” the special weather statement said.

Temperatures are expected to remain near 80 degrees Sunday but dip to 67 on Monday in the Santa Clarita Valley. They will return to the 70s Tuesday and top 80 by Wednesday, forecasters said.




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