Strong winds were forecast in the Banning Pass Wednesday, decreasing visibility and prompting the National Weather Service to issue an advisory set to remain in effect through this evening.
“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result,” the NWS said in a statement. “Areas of blowing dust and sand will locally reduce visibility.”
The wind advisory, in effect through 10 p.m., covers the Banning Pass cities, along with areas in the northern Coachella Valley, including Whitewater, North Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs.
Both North Indian Canyon Drive and Gene Autry Trail at the Whitewater Wash were closed to traffic due to decreased visibility from the winds, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.
Westerly winds were expected to average 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph in some locations, meteorologists said, adding that motorists traversing the pass should drive with extra care, particularly in high-profile vehicles that could be tipped off balance.
The wind event stems from an area of low pressure pushing southeast across California and into southern Nevada, and possibly Arizona, according to the NWS.
High temperatures in Banning will generally hover in the mid 50s. The Coachella Valley should expect temperatures to range from the mid to high 70s, although Thermal could see highs in the low 80s, according to forecasters.
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