Wild Winds to Hit County

Isolated areas could see gusts to 60 mph

By Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011  |  Updated 12:49 PM PDT
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Strong winds are expected to blow into San Diego County on Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory in the inland valleys starting Thursday at 4 p.m., and lasting through Friday early afternoon.

“Areas closest to the foothills could see 20-30 mph winds with gusts to 40 mph,” said meteorologist Jodi Kodesh.

The conditions in the mountains are expected to be a lot stronger.

The mountains will be under a Wind Advisory from 7 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. and then switch to a High Wind Warning from 1 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.

“Meaning isolated areas could see gusts to 60 mph. If this occurs (with the strongest winds expected Thursday afternoon) trees and power lines could topple,” said Kodesh.

The winds should die down on Friday and plenty of sunshine is expected throughout the holiday weekend.

“With highs in the 70s for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it's looking like Santa may be sporting some shorts,” said Kodesh.

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