Continuing strong onshore flow will bring gusty winds to the mountains and deserts through Thursday evening. Gusts could reach 60 mph in the wind prone areas. Strong gusts will likely stay confined to areas along and north of I-10, becoming more widespread in the early afternoon. Areas south of I-10 could see gusts up to 35-40 mph, blowing dust and sand could create low visibility at times.
A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Coachella Valley and the area mountains until 10 p.m. Thursday evening.
The full text warning has been copied below.
...STRONG WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS TODAY...
.A LOW PRESSURE TROUGH MOVING ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST WILL CONTINUE
TO BRING STRONG WESTERLY WINDS TO THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS
TODAY...BUT NOT AS STRONG AS THEY WERE WEDNESDAY. AREAS OF
BLOWING DUST AND SAND IS STILL LIKELY IN THE DESERTS...BUT IT WILL
NOT BE AS WIDESPREAD AS ON WEDNESDAY. WINDS WILL DECREASE THIS
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-APPLE AND LUCERNE VALLEYS-
COACHELLA VALLEY-SAN DIEGO COUNTY DESERTS-
319 AM PDT THU MAR 27 2014
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PDT THIS EVENING...
* WINDS...WEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.
ISOLATED GUSTS TO 60 MPH IN WINDIEST LOCATIONS.
* TIMING...TODAY INTO THE EVENING.
* LOCATION...STRONGEST GUSTS NEAR MOUNTAIN RIDGE TOPS...ALONG
DESERT MOUNTAIN SLOPES AND INTO ADJACENT DESERTS.
* VISIBILITY...REDUCED AT TIMES IN BLOWING DUST AND SAND IN THE
* IMPACTS...AREAS OF STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...
ESPECIALLY FOR MOTORISTS WITH HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF AT LEAST 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.