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Tuesday, Jun 05 2012 07:33 AM

High winds expected to persist through midnight Tuesday

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Treetops show gusts of wind in Tehachapi on Tuesday morning, June 5, as a gray sky persists following a cold front moving through the area. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook through about midnight Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for areas of Central California including the Tehachapi Mountains and nearby desert areas for Tuesday and Tuesday night, June 5.
The cold front that brought gusty winds and blowing dust to much of the San Joaquin Valley on Monday has moved well beyond Central California, the NWS said, but in its wake an unseasonably cool west to northwest wind pattern will prevail on Tuesday.

Maximum temperatures in the region on Tuesday will run 15 to 20 degrees below normal for early June. Lingering clouds are likely in the Tehachapi Mountains and Southern Sierra Nevada, but no rain is forecast.

The Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the Kern County mountains, Indian Wells Valley and Southeastern Kern County desert where it is expected to be windy through late Tuesday evening.
Winds will be west to southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts increasing to 55 mph late Tuesday morning into the evening.

Gusts may reach 70 mph over passes late Tuesday afternoon. Locations include Tehachapi and Lake Isabella. Winds this strong can make driving difficult for high profile vehicles including trucks, campers and trailers.

Major roads affected include Highway 58 through Tehachapi, Interstate 5 over the Grapevine and Highway 178 over Walker Pass.  

It will be breezy in the San Joaquin Valley and strong gusty winds will occur through Tuesday evening in the mountain passes and desert area.

The winds are expected to diminish by midnight Tuesday.

In the Southern Sierra Nevada on Tuesday night temperatures will drop well below freezing above 6,000 to 7,000 feet. Campers and hikers will need appropriate warm clothing or shelter.
A warming trend will begin Wednesday with much lighter winds and mainly clear skies.

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