Strong winds are expected to blow through the Coachella Valley and Riverside County mountains this afternoon through early Saturday, especially through and below the Banning Pass and along and north of Interstate 10.
"A trough of low pressure moving through Nevada will bring strong onshore pressure gradients, likely resulting in gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour along mountain ridge-tops and desert mountain slopes and extending into the lower deserts," according to a National Weather Service advisory. "Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles -- use extra caution."
The NWS issued a wind advisory for Coachella Valley and the mountains from 2 p.m. today to 8 a.m. Saturday. The winds should diminish late Saturday morning, according to the NWS.