Windy conditions were expected to prevail in the Riverside County valleys and Inland Empire Wednesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory for those areas until noon.
The forecast called for northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 55 — with the strongest winds after sunrise, subsiding in the afternoon.
While an advisory was not in effect for the mountains, it was expected to be windy in those areas, too. The weather service said to expect north winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 40, becoming 30 in the afternoon. Wednesday evening, mountain winds were forecast at 15 to 20, with gusts to 30 and 45 overnight.
The weather service warned that gusts could blow around unsecured objects, tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
“Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects,” the NWS said.
Several low-pressure systems sweeping across Southern California into Arizona are stirring the offshore winds, according to forecasters.
“The Santa Anas will die down Wednesday afternoon, and onshore flow will begin to increase,” the NWS stated.
The NWS said that the next shot of rain is expected Thursday night into Friday, but the amount of precipitation is expected to be nominal for the Inland Empire.
High temperatures will generally range from the low 60s to mid-70s in the region between Wednesday and Friday. Lows will hover in the low to mid-40s.
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