Santa Ana winds are forecast to whip the Inland Empire beginning in the predawn hours Friday and continuing into early Saturday morning, with gusts up to 50 mph in some locations, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency posted a wind advisory beginning at 3 a.m. Friday and ending 4 a.m. Saturday, saying winds will turn offshore after a trough of low pressure moves quickly through the region and is displaced with a ridge of high pressure that will be parked over Nevada.

“Surface winds will … become locally gusty below passes and canyons,” the NWS said. “Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result.”

Meteorologists predicted wind speeds will average 15 to 25 mph, with gusts topping out between 45 and 50 mph.

Just ahead of the Santa Ana wind event, a fast-paced storm front is expected to produce light rain Thursday evening in parts of Riverside County and other areas of Southern California, according to the NWS.

“Most locations (will) only be picking up a few hundredths of an inch,” the agency said. “Showers will taper off quickly.”

High temperatures in the Riverside metropolitan area will peak in the low 60s from Friday through the weekend, with lows in the upper 30s during that three-day period. In the Coachella Valley, highs will hover in the upper 60s, with lows in the mid 40s, while in the Temecula Valley, highs will, like in Riverside, be in the low 60s and lows in the mid to upper 30s.

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