Windy conditions were developing Wednesday throughout the Inland Empire, with strong gusts predicted overnight and into Thursday.

“Winds will become more widespread, shifting more to the northeast,” according to an National Weather Service statement. “Wind gusts could top out around 45 mph, and locally 50 mph in wind-prone locations like … the San Gorgonio Pass.”

An NWS-issued wind advisory will be in effect from 10 Wednesday evening through 2 p.m. Thursday.

The tail end of a front over the Great Basin in Nevada and Utah was powering the winds, according to forecasters.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” the NWS warned. “Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result. Hazardous driving conditions for high-profile vehicles are likely.”

Clear skies are expected to prevail for the remainder of the week, with a gradual warm-up in the region, meteorologists said.

High temperatures in the Riverside metropolitan area will be in the low to mid-70s from Thursday to Sunday, and the mercury may exceed 80 going into next week. Lows will generally dip into the mid-40s.

In the Coachella Valley, daytime temps will hover in the mid-70s, with lows in the upper 40s, while in the Temecula Valley, highs will generally remain just shy of 70 going into the weekend, with lows around 40.

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