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When are high winds returning to Southern California?

LOS ANGELES — High winds are heading back to areas of Southern California starting Friday, with various advisories and watches posted by the National Weather Service through the weekend.

The new advisories and watches posted Friday come a day after moderate to strong Santa Ana winds battered parts of the L.A. area — making driving treacherous on some mountain and valley roadways — before abating.

But more big gusts are on the way.

— In the Santa Clarita Valley, a wind advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday, followed by a high-wind watch from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. For the wind advisory, the NWS said to expect north winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. For the high-wind watch, expect northeast winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph possible.

The winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines. Power outages are possible, and travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. This includes Interstate 5 and Highways 14 and 126.

— In the Antelope Valley, a wind advisory is in effect from noon to midnight Friday. The weather service predicted north winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. High-profile vehicles could be vulnerable, including on Highways 14 and 138, especially near the foothills. Areas of blowing dust can suddenly and dangerously reduce visibilities to near zero, the NWS warned.

— In the L.A. County Mountains (excluding the Santa Monica Range), a wind advisory is in effect from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, followed by a high-wind watch from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. For the wind advisory, the weather service predicted north winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. For the high-wind watch, expect northeast winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph possible.

— In the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, a high-wind watch is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. The weather service said to expect northeast winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph possible.

— In Orange County inland areas, a high-wind watch will be in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. The weather service predicted northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph possible. Isolated gusts to 75 mph were also possible.


Source: Orange County Register

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