(Victor Valley) – The High Desert is accustomed to windy days, but the National Weather Service is warning that a storm system moving into the area could bring winds gusting as high as 65 mph Thursday.
A cold storm system will move into the area tonight and bring strong gusty winds, a slight chance of showers, and possibly low snow levels. Snow levels could drop as low as 3500 feet, but not much precipitation is expected with this storm.
The main concern will be the strong winds. Alex Tardy, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego said, “This system has the potential for damaging winds. It will not be a typical Santa Ana wind event – there is a lot of cold air behind it.”
The wind is expected to pick up this evening, and really keep blowing through tomorrow afternoon, according to Tardy. Gusts 45-50 mph, with the strongest wind gusts topping 70-75 mph below passes and canyons, especially areas like the Cajon Pass.
“All of the areas that normally see gusty wind, around Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino will see gusts at least 50-60 mph,” explained Tardy. “The problem is that sustained wind at 25-30 mph can take a toll, blowing down power lines and tree limbs and causing a lot of damage.”
Another threat with this system is the potential for fires to spread rapidly. Although we are experiencing one of the wettest Novembers we’ve seen in a while, there are a lot of dead fuels from last year, Tardy explained. ”Because of wide spread wind for 12-18 hours, there is a real threat for any fires that get started to blow out of control quickly.”
The wind is expected to gradually decrease as we get into Thursday night. There is still a slight chance of rain and snow for Friday, but then we are expecting sunny and cooler days into next week.
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