Santa Ana winds pounded parts of the Southland Wednesday — with mountain areas bearing the brunt of the gusts — but conditions were expected to get calmer through the afternoon, ahead of cloudy conditions that might bring some light rain.
A high wind warning was in effect for the Los Angeles County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica range, with the National Weather Service forecasting winds of 25 to 40 mph and isolated gusts up to 65 mph. A less serious wind advisory was in place for most other parts of the Southland, although the advisory was allowed to expire at 9 a.m. in the San Gabriel Valley.
Gusting winds battered the San Gabriel Valley overnight, even toppling a crane in Pasadena that was being used for a Netflix movie shoot. The crane fell onto a house, causing some minor damage, but no injuries were reported.
The NWS warned that potentially damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines, and that power outages are expected. In addition, travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, the NWS said. The affected area includes Interstate 5 and Highway 14 in L.A. County.
The high wind warning and advisories, however, were expected to expire at midday, as the winds begin to dissipate. Forecasters noted that winds had decreased “considerably” by Wednesday morning, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley, and the wind event was nearing its end.
“High temperatures will peak today for (the) coast and valleys, then significant cooling expected by Thursday with more clouds and a chance of light showers,” according to the NWS. “A significant warming trend is expected over the weekend under clear skies and mostly light winds.”
Forecasters said residents should anticipate a thick marine layer Thursday morning, “with enough energy to aloft to squeeze out some drizzle or light showers, especially across southeastern L.A. County.”
Temperatures will be anywhere from 8 to 17 degrees cooler on Thursday.
Conditions are expected to clear by Friday afternoon and into the weekend, bringing temperatures up again, with highs in the 80s possibly in the valleys and inland areas.