Wind Gusts Might Reach 75 MPH

Winds are forecast to diminish late Monday

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Damaging wind gusts are possible Monday in Southern California.

High winds prompted street closures early Monday afternoon in Lancaster. Avenue K was closed between 50th Street East and 55th Street East in  Lancaster. Avenue H was closed from 38th Street West to 50th Street West,  according to a sergeant at the sheriff's Lancaster Station.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said wind  advisories were in effect Monday afternoon along the northern part of the 5 Freeway and along the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.

The strongest winds will be in the mountains and Antelope Valley, though  gusty winds are also expected along the coast and valleys.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the  mountains, with a high wind watch in effect this afternoon through Tuesday  morning.

Northwest winds of 25-35 mph, gusting to 55 mph, will develop early  today and likely increase to 30-45 mph with gusts to 60 mph this afternoon.

The strongest winds will be along the Golden State (5) Freeway  Grapevine, where some gusts could be in excess of 75 mph, according to the  Weather Service.

There's also a chance of light rain in the valleys and snow showers in  the higher elevations.

The wind will diminish late Monday into Tuesday.

A wind advisory means winds of 35 mph or greater are expected. Residents  in the advisory area were advised to take precautions before the wind arrives  by closing windows and securing outdoor objects. A high wind watch means there is the potential for sustained winds of at  least 40 mph and gusts of 58 mph or stronger.

The Antelope Valley is under a wind advisory from 9 this morning to 3  a.m. Tuesday because of west winds of 25-40 mph, gusting to 55 mph. Isolated  gusts of 60 mph are possible in the foothills, including the Antelope Valley  (14) Freeway.

Motorists were warned that blowing dust and sand could reduce visibility.

The Los Angeles County coast, including downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood  and Beverly Hills, will be under a wind advisory from noon to 9 p.m.

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