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Gusty Winds Expected to Blow Through San Diego County's Mountains and Deserts

Forecasters said areas along Interstate 8 in the southeastern portion of the county would be affected and blowing sand and dust in the deserts could reduce visibility to a mile or less.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Gusty winds are expected to develop in San Diego County's mountains and deserts Thursday, forecasters announced today.

A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains and deserts is set to take effect at 11 a.m. Thursday and extend until 3 a.m. Friday. West winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 50 mph are expected on mountain ridges, through passes and canyons, along desert slopes and into adjacent desert areas.

"A trough of low pressure will move inland across California on Thursday, with gusty west winds developing across the mountains and deserts during the day and continuing through late Thursday night," according to the weather service.

NWS forecasters said areas along Interstate 8 in the southeastern portion of the county would be affected and blowing sand and dust in the deserts could reduce visibility to a mile or less. Strong cross winds are also expected to lead to difficult driving conditions, especially for motorists in high profile vehicles.

Drivers were advised to use extra caution.

—City News Service

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