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Santa Ana Winds Return To Southern California This Weekend

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Santa Ana winds are returning to Southern California starting Friday through the weekend, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued several advisories for the Southland, after a brief break in the windy weather in the middle of the week.

Winds are expected to pick up this weekend, with a moderate to potentially strong Santa Ana wind event developing and expected to continue through Sunday, according to forecasters. 

For the Santa Clarita Valley, a wind advisory is in place from 3 p.m. Friday until 10 p.m. Saturday. The advisory is upgraded into a high wind watch starting Saturday evening until 3 p.m. Sunday.

From Friday evening into Saturday, 20 to 30 mph sustained winds are expected with gusts up to 45 mph. For the high wind watch, northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible.

“Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines. Power outages are possible,” said NWS officials.

Travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. The impacted roads include Interstate 5 as well as State Route 14 and Highway 126.

As of Friday morning, there are no planned Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas, according to Southern California Edison. 

For the Antelope Valley, a wind advisory is in effect from 12 p.m. Friday until midnight, according to the NWS.

North winds from 20 to 35 mph are expected with gusts up to 50 mph, according to forecasters.

Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. This includes Highways 14 and 138, especially near the foothills, according to the weather service.

Areas of blowing dust can suddenly and dangerously reduce visibilities to near zero, NWS officials said. 

Winds are expected to subside by Monday, with a slight chance of showers for some areas in Southern California on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the NWS. 

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Gusty Santa Ana Winds, Warmer Weather Elevates Fire Danger In Santa Clarita

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Warmer weather, low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds are expected to return Tuesday elevating the fire danger in parts of Los Angeles County, including Santa Clarita.

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the high 70s Tuesday, climbing to the high 80s by Wednesday, combined with Santa Ana wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour in some areas, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

“A moderate to locally strong Santa Ana wind event is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing gusty northeast winds to Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and warming temperatures,” forecasters said.

The strongest winds are expected to be in the mountains and Santa Clarita Valley, with a wind advisory in effect for these areas until 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS.

Sustained winds are expected to be between 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 miles per hour, becoming 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph on Wednesday. Isolated gusts to 60 mph are possible, according to forecasters.

A wind advisory is also in effect for the San Fernando Valley from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS.

“Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” forecasters said. “Travel on roadways may be affected by gusty crosswinds.”

Both the 5 Freeway and Highway 14 are impacted by the wind advisory, according to the NWS.

“Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result,” forecasters added.

As of Tuesday morning, there are no planned Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) for the Santa Clarita Valley, according to Southern California Edison.

The Santa Ana wind event is expected to peak on Wednesday, according to the NWS.

By Thursday, winds are forecasted to be about 15 to 25 mph, below the level for an advisory, according to the weather service.

“The offshore winds will weaken considerably Thursday before turning onshore, leading to a significant cooling trend starting Friday and continuing into the weekend,” NWS officials said.

For the holiday weekend, temperatures are expected to be in the 70s for the valleys, with light winds.

Note: This story has been updated with a new wind advisory for the San Fernando Valley.

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High Santa Ana Winds In Southern California Expected To Subside

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The Santa Ana wind event in Southern California is expected to subside Wednesday, with a warming trend in the weekend forecast.

The strongest gusts across the Los Angeles County Mountains and the wind-prone valley passes and canyons are expected Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

High temperatures will peak Wednesday for the coast and valleys, then significant cooling is expected by Thursday with more clouds and a chance of light showers. A significant warming trend is expected over the weekend under clear skies and mostly light winds, according to the forecasters.

“This Santa Ana wind event still has more of a northerly component to it so the wind distribution has been a little different than traditional Santa Anas,” NWS officials said.

By noon on Wednesday, a high wind advisory expires for the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas, according to the weather service.

By the evening, north winds will shift to the northeast becoming 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

“Damaging winds will blow down large objects such as trees and power lines. Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” said forecasters.

The wind advisory includes Interstate 5 and Highway 14, according to the NWS.

For the San Fernando Valley, the advisory also ends at noon, with isolated gusts to 60 mph in Porter Ranch and Chatsworth.

The strongest winds will occur across the eastern portion of the Ventura County Valleys as well as the north and the western portion of the San Fernando Valley, according to forecasters.

By Thursday morning, most lower elevation areas, including the coastal mountain slopes, are expected to see a drizzle of rain, according to the NWS.

“There will continue to be a deep marine layer Thursday night and Friday with plenty of clouds but northerly flow developing,” forecasters said.

A warming trend is expected for the weekend with temperatures in the low 80s possible by Sunday for the valleys, according to NWS officials.

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Windy Advisory Issued For Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley

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A wind advisory has been issued for both Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

There will be gusty northerly winds at times through Tuesday, with moderate Santa Ana winds developing Tuesday evening into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Some light showers with snow above 5,500 feet are expected across the northern slopes of the mountains Monday night into Tuesday morning. Temperatures will be near to slightly below normal through the period, except slightly above normal Wednesday with the offshore winds, according to forecasters.

For the Antelope Valley, a wind advisory is in effect from noon on Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS.

Sustained winds are expected to be about 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 50 mph, forecasters said.

“Gusty winds and reduced visibility from blowing dust will make driving difficult and could blow around unsecured objects,” NWS officials said. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”

For the Santa Clarita Valley, a wind advisory is set to be in effect later Monday at 8 p.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Areas of northwest to north winds 20 to 30 mph are expected with gusts to 45 miles per hour, according to forecasters.

Motorists are urged to use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle, according to NWS officials. Residents are also advised to secure outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture.

There are no Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) planned for the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas as of Monday morning, according to Southern California Edison.

Winds for both valleys are expected to diminish by Wednesday, according to forecasters.

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