Thousands of people are expected to pack the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for three days of music, heat and wind that could whip up dust clouds.
A wind advisory will be in effect until Saturday morning in the Coachella Valley, the Banning area and the mountains of Riverside County. That includes the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, site of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Winds ranging from 25 to 35 mph were expected, with gusts of up to 50 mph. Festival-goers were also encouraged to stay hydrated for another round of desert weather, with highs expected in the low 90s.
LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses and Calvin Harris will continue their headlining duties on the Coachella Main Stage.
Friday's other scheduled performers -- such as Ellie Goulding, M83, Sufjan Stevens and Purity Ring -- are expected at nearly the same times as last weekend, outside of a few opening acts that have been swapped out for the second weekend. Softest Hand will replace Versis on the outdoor stage, while Cosmic Crates replaces Synergy on the Mojave stage on Friday.
DJ Sasha, who was set to perform at 8 p.m. last Friday before canceling due to "a personal medical emergency" according to the festival's Twitter account, remains out of Friday's lineup.
Gates will open at the Empire Polo Grounds at 11 a.m., but many fans headed to Indio far earlier than that, with car camping opening near the venue at 9 this morning. Caltrans urged motorists to avoid Interstate 10, which saw especially heavy traffic last Sunday night and Monday morning, as motorists sluggishly emptied out of the Coachella Valley following the festival's first weekend, clogging the highway through much of Monday. State Routes 62 and 74 were identified as two possible detour routes by the agency.
Gusty winds last Friday and Saturday contributed to dust clouds that had many bundling up despite the heat, at least in order to cover their face and eyes. But the conditions did not put too many of the weekend's attendees out of commission.
"We had a little dehydration requiring medical aid," said Indio Police Department Sgt. Dan Marshall. "When it's windy here we have allergies and breathing treatments."