Parts Of California Will Be Hit By Its Coldest Wind Chills Today
Hold onto your hats.
It looks like Californians will have a chilly Tuesday today. Parts of the Golden State will see powerful Santa Ana winds blow through the state until tonight. With winds reaching up to 40 miles per hour, advisories have been put in place for select cities.
According to Fox 11 News, Los Angeles County, the greater metropolitan areas, and mountain cities such as Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley have been issued a high wind advisory by the National Weather Service.
These areas have a less severe advisory put in place until 3 p.m. while the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains have more serve wind warnings ending around 10 p.m.
Mountainous towns and the Foothill areas could see gusts up to 60 miles per hour, while the Valleys and Coasts can see anywhere between 40 - 55 mile per hour gusts.
The potential of fires, fallen trees, and powerlines are an increased concern during these high-speed breezes.
If you spot a wildfire, simply follow these tips provided by Cal Fire.
Other areas such as Orange County will be affected by the strong wind currents. The breeze is expected to reach between 15 and 30 miles per hour, while gusts can reach up to 50 miles per hour.
It's possible that freeways may be more congested than usual. Especially highways 101, 118, 5, 210, 10, 405, and Interstate 15.
The NWS warned, "Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects."
You should practice caution when driving by watching for fallen trees, flying debris, and fallen powerlines. If you happen to encounter a collapsed electrical line, you should remain in your car.
It's also best to drive slower and be cautious of roadways. Narcity is following this story closely and will update this article with new information.