INTERAGENCY FIRE WEATHER CENTER PREDICTIVE SERVICES UNIT

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GEOGRAPHICAL AREA COORDINATION CENTER

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

***Gusty offshore winds today through Sunday***

Strong offshore flow will continue over most of Southern California through the weekend. The strongest winds during this event will likely occur this morning through the early afternoon hours. During this period, east and northeast winds of 25-35 mph will be widespread and some gusts approaching 80 mph will be possible in the mountains. Ventura and Los Angeles Counties will see the peak wind velocities today. Winds tonight into Sunday will not be quite as strong, but a shift to a more easterly wind component will favor the Banning Pass as well as Orange and San Diego Counties. Meanwhile, the San Joaquin Valley will see strong inversions with low clouds and Tule fog throughout the weekend. Highs outside the San Joaquin Valley will be 10-15 degrees above normal today and Sunday with temperatures well into the 80s at lower elevations. Minimum RH will approach the single digits this afternoon, but may be just a bit higher Sunday. Monday, an upper level low from Baja is expected to lift northward, bringing cooler and more humid weather. Some light rain will be possible Monday evening into Tuesday across much of the area as the system lifts quickly to the north. Rainfall will generally remain under a half inch, but some inland areas including the deserts and Sierras may see over an inch of precipitation. The system will be a warm one and snow levels will be over 10,000 feet. A similarly warm tropical system may reach the area next Thursday. END/RK

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