You didn't need a weather forecaster to tell you what was in store Tuesday. Powerful winds whipped through Southern California valleys, sending tree limbs, litter and anything else that wasn't tied down flying.
The same weather system that kicked up 80 mile per hour gusts and created dust storms in the desert was responsible for the big blow.
The winds even knocked down trees in Van Nuys and Toluca Lake, sending one of them on top of a car. The big tree blocked traffic along busy Riverside Drive until work crews could carve it up into firewood for someone's yule fire.
Nobody was hurt, but one car owner will be asking Santa for some major car repairs, and maybe even some new wheels for Christmas.
"It's just really weird," said Diana Lozano. "It's one of those things that you don't think about. You don't expect to come out and have a big tree on top of your car. I'm going to have to deal with it."
Winds produced gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in canyons and along the foothills and up to 80 mph in mountain areas amid chilly temperatures.
High wind warnings will be in effect until 10 p.m. in the Antelope Valley, where west-to-northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph were expected, NWS forecasters said. In mountain areas, excluding the Santa Monica range, the warnings will be in effect until 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Wind warnings are in place until 6 p.m., in the Riverside area, according to the NWS. Forecasters said 25 to 35 mph winds with gusts of up to 60 mph were likely in the mountains, while 35 to 40 mph winds were expected near the Banning Pass in the Coachella Valley.
The winds near the Banning Pass could churn up blowing sand and dust.