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'Damaging winds' expected across Southern California, forecasters warn

December 29, 2010 |  9:23 am

A National Weather Service advisory warns that "damaging winds are likely" across portions of Southern California through Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning.

Strong winds are already sweeping through mountain and interior valleys in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, according to the advisory.

Gusts between 40 and 50 mph will be common, the advisory said, and in some mountain passes, winds could reach up to 75 mph.

The winds are expected to shift later Wednesday afternoon, with the strongest gusts along the Interstate 5 corridor and the valleys of Los Angeles County, according to the advisory.

The combination of very strong winds and blowing snow is expected to cause treacherous driving conditions near the Grapevine, officials said.

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