Strong winds blowing through much of eastern Los Angeles County Monday night have prompted a National Weather Service advisory for travelers and residents.
With a low pressure system sitting several hundred miles off the coast, and a high pressure system over the Great Basin, gusty northeast and east winds will continue for portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through 3 p.m. Tuesday, the NWS advised.
Winds of 15 to 30 mph are expected in San Fernando, San Gabriel and San Clarita valleys, as well as local mountain areas, with gusts up to 45 mph through passes and canyons, the NWS reported.
“Localized gusts to 55 mph are expected for wind-prone ridgetops,” according to the NWS.
Gusty winds will make driving difficult, the NWS warned, especially for high-profile vehicles traveling on Interstate 5 and highways 14, 23, 101 and 118.
The agency also warned of downed trees.
“When driving, use extra caution; be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds,” the NWS stated.