Strong winds will blow throughout the day Thursday in parts of San Diego County’s deserts.
A National Weather Service wind advisory for the deserts is set to remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday. Sustained wind speeds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts to 55 mph in most affected areas and 65 mph in certain locales will be likely during the advisory period.
Peak wind gusts recorded in the deserts since Wednesday afternoon were 62 mph about 2 miles west-northwest of Ocotillo Wells, 41 mph about 7 miles southeast of Borrego Springs and 40 mph about 4 miles west of Ocotillo Wells, according to a NWS statement. Gusts of 46 mph were also recorded on Volcan Mountain, although the mountains were not included in the advisory.
“A low pressure trough and strong onshore flow will boost winds in the desert through tonight,” according to the weather service. “Strongest winds will be in the San Gorgonio Pass into the northern Coachella Valley and in the Anza Borrego Desert.”
Strong winds may lead to hazardous driving conditions, especially for motorists in high-profile vehicles. Blowing dust and sand may reduce visibility to 2 to 5 miles, so drivers are urged to use extra caution, according to the NWS.
The winds are expected to weaken Friday morning, forecasters said.
—City News Service
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