Gusty winds will buffet the Riverside County mountains, the San Gorgonio Pass and the Coachella Valley beginning Tuesday afternoon, meteorologists said.

The gusty westerly winds will make driving difficult in some areas, especially for high-profile vehicles, and the National Weather Service urged drivers to use extra caution.

Blowing dust and sand could reduce visibility at times in the deserts, NWS forecasters warned.

The agency issued a wind advisory that will go into effect at noon Tuesday and continue until 11 a.m. Wednesday for the county mountains, San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley.

Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected beginning Tuesday afternoon, with the potential for gusts up to 50 mph, forecasters said. The strongest winds are expected this evening along mountain ridge tops and desert slopes.

The winds will be accompanied by partly cloudy weather with a slight chance of scattered showers throughout the county into Wednesday. There is a 40 percent chance of rain Tuesday evening in the county mountains and a 20 percent chance west of the mountains.

High temperatures Tuesday will be 67 to 72 in the Riverside metropolitan area, 59 to 68 in the mountains, 76 to 81 in the San Gorgonio Pass and 82 to 87 in the Coachella Valley.

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