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Wind advisory in effect through noon Friday

March 19, 2010 |  9:22 am

Palm trees blowing in the wind. Credit: File Photo A wind advisory will be in effect through noon Friday for parts of Southern California as Santa Ana winds blow into the region, according to the National Weather Service.

“Building high pressure will bring gusty northeast winds,” said Dessa Emch, a program manager at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. “The strongest winds will be through the passes and canyons of Ventura and Los Angeles counties."

Local gusty winds also were expected in the valleys and in the Santa Monica Mountains, she said. A wind advisory is typically issued when winds of more than 35 mph are expected.

Gusts of up to 50 mph will blow through passes and canyons, she said.

“Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” Emch said. “We always advise drivers to use extra caution.”

Winds will decrease Friday afternoon to 15 mph to 25 mph, Emch said.

Temperatures will reach the upper 70s in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and in the Santa Monica Mountain areas.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: Palm trees blowing in the wind. Credit: File Photo

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