By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley) – The start to the long holiday weekend looks to be cooler, windy, and if you are traveling down the hill or to the mountains you could see some light drizzle.
The National Weather Service in San Diego says an unseasonably strong trough of low pressure will move into the region late tonight bringing much cooler temperatures and strong, gusty wind to our area. For areas down the hill there is a chance of light rain with this system.
A high wind warning has been issued for the Victor Valley and for the mountains and deserts of Southern California. Winds southwest to west 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected starting around 11am and lasting until early tomorrow morning.
The windy conditions will affect the holiday weekend get-out-of-town drive for people heading north on the 15 freeway toward Las Vegas, east on interstate 40 for travelers heading toward Laughlin and the River, and those traveling east on I-10 toward Palm Springs.
Driving will be difficult for high profile vehicles (campers, trailers, motorhomes, and big rigs). Visibility will be reduced in blowing dust and sand. Watch for flying debris and downed power lines.
“Conditions will improve just a little on Saturday,” said Mark Moede, meteorologist with NWS San Diego. “It will still be windy, but not quite as windy as today. A few degrees warmer too.”
Moede says Sunday will be the best day with lighter winds and warmer temps. Highs will be in the 80s by then. Monday will be warmer still with highs in the mid 80s.