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Wind Gusts to Arrive Early Thursday

Winds will increase Thursday before a weekend of warm temperatures

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    Fresh snow blankets the mountains behind the downtown skyline.

    Winds are expected to kick up before dawn Thursday with gusts up to 60 mph possible in some parts of Southern California. Sustained winds will range from 25 to 40 mph.

    Edison crews were already in place to respond in case more troubles are caused to the region's power grid, which is still fragile from the last big wind storm.  

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    Strong winds might continue through early Friday. The wind will make for hazardous travel conditions and increased fire risk, according to the National Weather Service.

    High wind warnings are in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Wind advisories are also in effect for the basin.

    “Occasional gusts in excess of 64 mph are possible in the most favored locations,” the National Weather Service reported.

    Favored locations include canyons and passes in the Inland Empire, Santa Ana Mountains and San Diego County, according to the NWS.

    "Temperatures really climb after this wind event," said NBC4 forecaster Byron Miranda.

    Just in time for the holidays, sunny and clear skies are expected in some parts of the region this weekend, with temperatures possibly reaching the high 70s.

    During a Nov. 30 windstorm that spawned gusts approaching 100 mph, trees were toppled, power poles snapped, homes were damaged and electricity was cut to nearly 650,000 homes and business.

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