High Wind, High Surf Warning for Southland

High winds with potentially damaging gusts of up to 65 mph are forecast across the Southland starting Tuesday afternoon.

High wind warnings for the Los Angeles County mountains and the high desert, signifying sustained winds of 39 mph or more, will go into effect at 3 p.m. and last through 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The drivers of high-profile vehicles, or those towing trailers, should take precautions in typically windy areas, such as the Grapevine along Interstate 5.

Strong gusts could overturn high-profile vehicles in some cases. 

The winds will be mainly out of the northwest and west, and strongest along the coast. Because of that, the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys will be largely spared, though sustained winds of 15-25 mph are forecast Tuesday night.
Wind advisories for the Los Angeles metro area, which could see sustained winds up to about 30 mph, take effect at 3 p.m. and will stay in place though midnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Once winds reach about 40 mph, they can start to cause property damage, according to the NWS.

With the strong winds come big waves, and the NWS issued a high surf advisory, warning of strong currents. Conditions will be choppy with the surf at 4-6 feet, with the swell out of west and northwest. Some sets of up to 7 feet are possible on west-facing beaches, according to the NWS.  The hard blow is the result of a cold front over the Great Basin and high pressure moving over the region from the Pacific. Much warmer weather is forecast to follow.

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