Santa Ana Winds, chance of rain for Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Santa Ana winds are expected to blow over much of the South Country through Saturday with gusts of 45 miles per hour. The windy conditions are expected to give way to a slight chance of rain as a weather system moves over the region.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain in Los Angeles County on Saturday, followed by another slim chance of rain on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday and again on Tuesday.

In the meantime, the windy conditions can create dangerous driving conditions for trucks and other high-profile vehicles.

“Northeast winds will begin to increase Friday morning over the LA Mountains and LA/Ventura Valleys, then spread rapidly through the Highway 14 and Highway 126 corridors into the valleys and coastal areas, with gusts up to 45 mph possible,” the National Weather said. . Shift.

“Additional reinforcement of the offshore current and upper support from Friday evening through early Saturday will result in gusts up to or locally over 60 mph, especially in the mountains and higher parts of the LA/Ventura valleys. Peak winds are expected between midnight and 8 a.m. a.m. Saturday but only a slight weakening in the morning.”

The NWS has issued wind advisories in effect through 3 p.m. Saturday for the Los Angeles County mountains; the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area; Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys; and the coastal area, including downtown Los Angeles.

Forecasters said the coastal area will see winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph, while the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys will see winds of 20 to 30 mph, gusts up to 50 mph.

“Fixed winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” forecasters said.

Windy conditions could extend into Sunday, according to the NWS.

High winds are not expected to raise red flags or fire warnings, thanks to projected humidity levels of 25% or more and recent rains.

City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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