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L.A. weather: wind advisory in affect for I-5 corridor, other areas

April 13, 2011 | 11:17 pm

High winds are expected overnight Wednesday along the Interstate 5 corridor and in the Santa Ynez mountain range, making driving difficult in some areas, weather forecasters said.

Wind advisories will remain in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday in the Santa Barbara County mountain and southern coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Gusts of up to 50 mph are expected in and below mountain passes and canyons.

Drivers are urged to use caution, especially on California 154 through the San Marcos pass, and U.S. 101 near the Gaviota pass.

Wind advisories are also in effect in the Los Angeles and Ventura county mountains, where northerly winds of between 20 and 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are expected to persist through mid-morning Thursday, the weather service said. The strongest winds are expected along the 5 Freeway corridor.

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