Strong winds will continue to whip across the Southland Tuesday, especially Tuesday morning, likely making driving difficult, forecasters said.
A wind advisory denoting 35-mile-per-hour winds will be in force in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys, the L.A. County coast, beach cities, metropolitan L.A., and the Hollywood Hills. The advisory will expire at noon Wednesday in all those zones except the San Gabriel Valley, where it will expire at 3 Tuesday afternoon.
In the San Gabriel mountains, the wind will blow at between 25 and 35 mph, gusting to 55 mph, forecasters said. In the other areas, the wind will be a little weaker, they said.
“Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” warned an NWS statement. “In addition, the gusty winds will bring the potential for downed trees and powerlines. When driving, use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.”
The NWS Tuesday morning Tuesday morning released a list of wind gusts recorded in the previous 12 hours. The strongest included 74 mph at Whitaker Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, 60 mph at Saddle Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, 60 mph at Castaic Lake in the Santa Clarita Valley, 55 mph at Escondito Canyon in the Malibu area, 46 mph at Lancaster Fox Field in the Antelope Valley and in Beverly Hills, 45 mph at Santa Anita Canyon in the San Gabriel Valley, and 37 mph at Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley.
Along the coast, a beach hazards statement, which is slightly less serious than a high surf advisory, will be in effect until noon Tuesday in L.A. and Orange counties amid surf as high as 3-6 feet and strong rip currents.
“A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches,” said an NWS statement. “Obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water and always swim near a lifeguard.”
The NWS forecast sunny skies Tuesday and highs of 50 degrees on Mount Wilson; 53 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 59 in Saugus; 62 in Avalon; 65 in Pasadena and Woodland Hills; 66 in San Gabriel, Burbank and at LAX; 67 in Downtown L.A.; and 68 in Long Beach. A warming trend will get underway Wednesday, and sunny skies are forecast through Monday.
The NWS forecast windy conditions in Orange County and highs of 45 on Santiago Peak; 58 on Ortega highway at 2,600 feet; 60 in Fremont Canyon; 64 in Trabuco Canyon and Yorba Linda; 67 in San Clemente; 68 in Mission Viejo and Anaheim; 69 in Irvine, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach; and 69 in Fullerton, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. After Tuesday, sunny skies are forecast through Monday.
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