Gusty winds in region prompt warning

A wind advisory for the Los Angeles area is expected to remain in effect through Saturday with moderate Santa Ana conditions bringing gusty northeast winds, the National Weather Service said.

Winds are expected to continue in varying strength through Saturday afternoon, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Mountain areas can expect gusts of up to 50 mph and sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph, Thompson told the L.A. Times.

The Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and the Santa Monica area can expect gusts of up to 45 mph, Thompson said.

There could be "dangerous crosswinds" possible for drivers of high-profile vehicles, he said. Highways that could be affected by the gusty winds include Interstate 5 and California 14.

Despite the winds, Friday and Saturday should be a "beautiful couple of days," Thompson said, with sunny skies and high temperatures in the 80s.

-- Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times

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