Sierra expected to see windy conditions

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the ridge tops of the Sierra.

An approaching cold front is expected to produce some pretty significant winds later Saturday afternoon. The high winds may also create closures for some of the runs at area ski resorts.

A High Wind Warning is issued when the following conditions are occurring or imminent: sustained winds of 40 mph or higher for an hour or more; or wind gusts of 58 mph or higher for one hour or more. The High Wind Warning remains in effect from 1 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday.

What to expect -

  • Winds will increase by Saturday afternoon and continue to be strong through early Sunday morning. The strongest winds are expected Saturday evening.
  • Impacts to travel - Strong cross winds will create difficult travel conditions for motorists, especially for high profile vehicles.
  • The combination of gusty winds and low humidity will create critical fire weather conditions. Therefore, a Red Flag Warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday.
  • Damage to trees, power lines and property is possible.

In addition to that, a Wind Advisory is in effect for the Lake Tahoe area. A Wind Advisory is issued when the following conditions are expected for 3 hours or longer: sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph and/or wind gusts of 45 to 57 mph. The Wind Advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday.


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