High winds could make driving on the Grapevine tricky

Vehicles travel along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine in 2015.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Powerful wind, rain and even a little bit of snow could make traveling along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine hazardous Thursday and Friday, forecasters said.

Northerly winds with gusts up to 50 to 65 miles per hour are possible in the area through early Friday morning, said Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. A high winds warning is in effect for the area through 1 a.m. Friday, he said.

Forecasters had received reports of snow near Sandberg on Thursday morning, he said.


Gusty wind is expected Thursday for much of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, with gusts around 35 to 45 miles per hour and possibly stronger in the mountain areas, Munroe said. The wind could be strong enough for reduced visibility due to blowing dust and sand across the Antelope Valley, and forecasters have warned of potential downed tree limbs and trees, as well as possible power outages.

The winds are courtesy of a storm system in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest with a cold front trailing behind it that reaches all the way to Southern California, Munroe said.

Winds are expected to increase across coastal waters late Thursday, prompting a gale warning. Seas are expected to become choppy, with potentially dangerous harbor entrances through the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

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