SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The strong, gusty west winds developing today in parts of San Diego County were expected to give way to Santa Ana winds late Sunday that could combine with warmer temperatures to up the risk for wildfires.
A National Weather Service wind advisory is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and extend until 3 a.m. Sunday.
A subsequent fire weather watch for the mountains and inland valleys is set to go into effect late Sunday night.
Forecasters said the strengthening onshore flow from a low pressure system moving inland through Northern California and the Great Basin would be followed on Sunday by surface high pressure over the Great Basin that will create moderate to strong Santa Ana winds through Tuesday.
Meteorologists said the winds would strengthen along the desert mountain slopes and into adjacent areas. Sustained wind speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 45 mph, were forecast for the mountains and the deserts tonight and into early Sunday.
Northeast to east winds of up to 35 mph with gusts that could reach 50 mph are expected to bluster through the inland valleys and mountains Sunday night into the start of the work week. The NWS said that gusts of 70 to 80 mph could be possible in some areas on Tuesday.
Forecasters warned that the winds could kick up sand and dust, which could lead to hazardous driving conditions.
Drivers were also advised to be on the lookout for broken tree limbs.
Scattered showers and lower temperatures are in the forecast Friday for San Diego County with snow possible in the mountains at gradually lower elevations throughout the day.
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