Strong winds return to LA area on Thursday – CBS Los Angeles

Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Strong winds are expected to return to the Los Angeles area on Thursday.

Wind warnings are in effect for the Los Angeles County Mountains, excluding the Santa Monica Range, as well as the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys and inland areas of Orange County from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Areas can expect NE winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour. According to the National Weather Service, there may be a slightly earlier wind pick-up in mountainous areas.

In Orange County, the recommendation applies on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Northerly winds of 15 to 30 mph are forecast, with gusts in excess of 50 in mountain passes and gorges and in excess of 35 in the valleys.

The strongest winds will be confined to areas near and below the major passes and under wind-prone ravines along coastal slopes and foothills.

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Strong winds will also affect parts of Ventura County.

Gusty winds can sweep around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles on the 5 and 14 freeways.

Branches could be blown over and some power outages may result.

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The Santa Ana winds will also boost temperatures.

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