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Hazardous gusty Santa Ana winds return to San Diego through Wednesday evening

The gusty conditions were more intense and widespread on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — According to the National Weather Service, Santa Ana winds will buffet the San Diego area this week, blowing hard enough to potentially topple trees and make driving hazardous in some highland locales.

The gusty conditions will become more intense and widespread on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

A High Wind Warning went into effect Tuesday evening and will continue through Wednesday evening (upgraded from a High Wind Watch). Sustained wind speeds will jump between 25 and 35 mph with gusts upwards of 60 mph. 

The NWS reported that some wind-prone valleys and canyons would see localized gusts up to 70 mph between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. 

Credit: KFMB-TV Weather Dept.

School Closures:

Due to high winds – which make travel to and from school challenging, especially for high-profile vehicles such as school buses – schools in the Mountain Empire Unified School District will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 16. Schools are expected to resume their regular schedule Thursday, Nov. 17, according to the San Diego County Office of Education.

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Drivers, particularly those in motor homes, big rigs, and other large vehicles, are advised to exercise extra caution while traveling through areas hit by the highest winds whipped up by the Santa Ana system.

The gusty conditions will weaken Thursday and Friday and continue in a milder fashion through the weekend, according to meteorologists.

Credit: KFMB-TV Weather Dept.

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