Strong, gusty winds are expected to develop in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts late Tuesday afternoon and remain through Thursday morning, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service high wind watch is set to go into effect Tuesday afternoon. West winds of 15-30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph will be possible near mountain ridge tops, along desert mountain slopes and into adjacent desert areas this evening.

Forecasters said the strongest winds, which could increase to 20-35 mph with 60 mpg gusts, would likely occur Wednesday. But wind speeds should lessen in severity Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The winds could kick up sand and dust in the deserts, reducing visibility to below a mile at times and making for hazardous driving conditions, especially for those in high profile vehicles, according to the weather service.

Forecasters also advised motorists to watch for broken tree limbs and other debris.

— City News Service