palm trees in wind
Palm trees in strong winds. Photo via Pixabay.

Strong winds capable of producing gusts of 60 and 70 miles per hour are expected from Wednesday evening through Thursday night along the Interstate 5 Corridor in the San Gabriel Mountains and in the Antelope Valley, forecasters said.

“The strongest winds will be from early Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon,” warned a National Weather Service statement.

A high wind warning signifying gusts of at least 58 miles per hour will be in force from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 10 p.m. Thursday in the San Gabriels and the Antelope Valley. Winds of 25 to 40 mph gusting at between 60 and 70 mph are forecast in the mountains and will be strongest through passes, especially near The Grapevine, according to an NWS statement. Similar conditions are expected in the Antelope Valley.

“Winds this strong may down trees and power lines, causing property damage or power outages. Cross winds can make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high-profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers,” it said. “Blowing dust and sand may reduce visibility to near zero at times.”

Off the coast, a gale warning will be in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 11 p.m. Thursday, lasting until 5 a.m. Friday in some areas. A gale warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or occurring.

The NWS forecast partly cloudy skies in L.A. County Wednesday and highs of 65 degrees in Avalon; 67 at LAX; 60 on Mount Wilson; 71 in Long Beach; 73 in Downtown L.A.; 74 in San Gabriel; 75 in Burbank; 76 in Saugus; 79 in Lancaster; and 80 in Palmdale. L.A. County temperatures will be going up and down in the coming days, spiking several degrees Saturday before beginning a cooling trend Sunday.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County along with highs of 63 in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 73 in Anaheim and Mission Viejo; 74 in Irvine; 75 in Fullerton; and 76 in Yorba Linda. A similar pattern is expected in Orange County.

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