NWS Forecasts Wind, Rain, and Snow in the Desert

NWS Forecasts Wind, Rain, and Snow in the Desert

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind advisory from Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. on Friday morning. A High Wind Watch will remain in effect from late Thursday night through Saturday morning according to the NWS.

This coupled with cold temperatures will make bundling up before any outdoor activities a must, with weather through Sunday being in the high-40’s to low-50’s with the overnight lows being in the mid-30’s to low-40’s. Starting the work and school week next week will be additionally chilly with temperatures dropping to the low-40’s during the day and dropping to the low-30’s overnight.

According to NWS, Phelan has a 30% chance of snow late Friday night into Saturday morning. Hesperia and Phelan may be expecting snow on Monday. Hesperia has a slight chance early Monday morning, which is expected to turn into rain showers later in the morning then chance of snow returning on Monday night into Tuesday morning. Phelan having a 90% chance of snow in the morning and afternoon with accumulation of 3-5”. There is also a chance of snow for Phelan from Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Winds are expected from the mountain crests east and north to the deserts; with the strongest winds on desert mountain slopes and below the passes and canyons. Strong winds are expected to move into the mountains and deserts on Thursday, with even stronger winds moving in on Friday and Saturday.

The first storm system will come move into the area on Thursday bringing southwest and west winds of 20-35 mph with gusts over 50 mph. The second storm system, which will arrive on Friday afternoon, will bring winds of 20-45 mph with local gusts over 65 mph. The strongest winds are expected to be on Friday day and night with the winds dwindling down by Saturday morning.

The NWS said that a Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected, these conditions can make driving difficult. High-profile vehicles are at an increased risk for traffic collisions as a result of the windy conditions. A High Wind Watch means that there is a potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur during these times.

Those driving a high-profile vehicles should drive with caution as driving can be dangerous. Beware of downed branches, power lines, or other debris. If you see a downed or dangling power line do not touch it, drive over it, or make contact with it; even with an object you are holding. You should always assume the power line is energized and report it by calling 911. If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, stay inside your vehicle as the ground surrounding your vehicle may be energized. You should use your mobile phone to call 911 and wait for an emergency responder to tell you it is safe to exit your vehicle.

The winds are expected to gradually decrease on Saturday, but are expected to move in again late Sunday and on Monday.

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