San Diego County’s mountains and deserts are under a high wind warning, effective at 1 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The NWS says winds could reach speeds of 25 to 30 mph, with the stronger gusts at 45 to 50 mph. Gusts of 60 mph may also be possible at times.
“Watch out for those high winds coming out of the west, expected to kick in tonight,” said NBC 7 meteorologist Whitney Southwick.
The winds are expected to increase late tonight, with the strongest gusts forecasted for Thursday night. By late Friday, the winds should subside, the NWS reports. By Saturday, the wind should remain light.
The winds will strike mostly near mountain ridge tops and along desert mountain slopes. This may result in some blowing sand or dust in the deserts, and possibly some reduced visibility in those areas. Motorists traveling through mountain or desert regions should be on the lookout for dust and broken tree limbs or debris on roadways.