Morning Wind Gusts Reach 80 MPH North of LA

Several strong wind gusts were reported along the 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles amid a wind advisory in Southern California

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Friday, Mar 7, 2014  |  Updated 8:13 AM PDT
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AM Forecast: Wind Advisory

A wind advisory is in effect until noon for LA County mountains and valleys. Expected highs in the 70s. Crystal Egger has the forecast for Friday, March 7, 2014.
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A wind advisory is in effect Friday as strong gusts -- including one reported at 80 mph north of Los Angeles -- sweep across Southern California and warm temperatures return for the start of the weekend.

The wind advisory is scheduled to expire at noon, but could be extended.

Some of the strongest gusts were reported along the 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles. At Whitaker Peak (elevation 4,146 feet) in Los Padres National Forest, a gust of 80 mph was reported overnight. A 67-mph gust was reported north of Santa Clarita. A gust of 64 mph was reported in nearby Sandberg, about 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

"If you're traveling through the Grapevine, it's going to be gusty," said NBC4 forecaster Crystal Egger.

North winds of between 25 and 40 miles per hour, gusting to 50 mph and more, buffeted the San Gabriel Mountains Friday morning, according to the National  Weather Service. In the Santa  Monica Mountains, the wind was blowing at between 20 and 35 mph and gusting at 55 mph.

Valley winds were reported at between 15 and 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts of 39 mph were reported in Van Nuys.

Along the coast, high surf and strong rip currents were expected through  Saturday morning. A high surf advisory was in effect in Orange County and, in Los Angeles  County, around Santa Catalina Island.

Surf between 4 and 7 feet with 9-foot sets was expected in Orange  County, 5 and 8 feet with 10-foot sets at Santa Catalina and 4 to 6 feet with 8-foot sets in LA County on the mainland, according to NWS forecasters.

Expect temperatures in the upper-60s and low-70s Friday and into the weekend.

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