Gusts to return today, but wildfire risk reduced

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But a more serious wind event is expected late Friday into Saturday morning, with gusts of 55 mph, according to NWS forecasters. A similar situation will prevail in Orange and San Diego counties in the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills. “Gusts in these areas could locally reach 60 mph,” according to an advisory issued by the NWS office in San Diego. However, “it is important to note that this offshore wind event is expected to be considerably cooler in nature as compared to our October events,” according to an NWS advisory. In addition to the wind, “there is the potential for a significant drying trend, with humidities possibly falling into the single digits,” according to an NWS advisory, which said a Fire Weather Watch may have to be issued later this week. At the same time, temperatures are dropping, and “wind-sheltered locations will likely experience much colder nighttime temperatures” beginning tonight and “continuing through much of the holiday weekend.” Amid cooler conditions, gusty winds will return to the Southland today, but without creating a high risk of wildfire, forecasters said. High pressure building across the Great Basin will bring “a return of weak to moderate offshore winds to portions of southwest California” today, said a National Weather Advisory. As a result, it said, northeast winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour, with gusts of 45 mph, are expected to blow through the passes and canyons of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through early this afternoon. At the same time, humidity levels will come down in wind-exposed areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties today, but “it does not appear that the duration of critical Red Flag thresholds will be met,” the advisory said. A freeze watch was in effect in the Antelope Valley until 9 a.m. today and may be reissued this week, according to the NWS, and a wind advisory will be in effect in the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 2 p.m. “Motorists traveling during this holiday week should be prepared for the possibility of gusty winds near passes and canyons and our first round of sub-freezing temperatures across far interior sections of the Southland,” according to an NWS advisory.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more