Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds are expected to return Wednesday night and Thursday, possibly causing some damage, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service warned of potentially dangerous Santa Anas in the wind-prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, “bringing the possibility of downed trees/powerlines and elevated-brief critical fire weather conditions.”

Peak gusts could reach 60 to 80 mph in the mountains and 40 to 60 mph in the coastal and valley areas, the NWS said.

It is expected to be a pretty short wind event, with peak winds likely to occur Thursday morning, at or before sunrise in the mountains but a little later along the coast.

Temperatures are expected to cool over the weekend with gusty winds returning late Saturday into Sunday and a slight chance for a few snow showers in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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