Posted: Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 1:04 PM
(CNS) – Blistering Santa Ana winds will spread through Los Angeles and Orange counties Sunday evening, with peak winds of 80 miles per hour possible in mountain locations Monday night, the National Weather Service warned Sunday.
These will be the strongest desert winds so far this season, the NWS predicted, and Santa Anas may bedevil the Southland through Saturday.
The dry air and hurricane-force winds were expected to create “critical fire conditions” in the area starting Sunday evening, and the forecasts indicated the region could see Red Flag Warnings up through the next four nights and days.
NWS predictions indicated the first winds should arrive along Interstate 5 at the Grapevine Sunday evening, and spread into the Santa Monica Mountains west of L.A. Sunday evening as well. Sunday evening’s gusts should be around 40 to 50 miles per hour.
“During the peak of the Santa Anas on Monday, there is the potential for damaging wind gusts of between 50-70 miles per hour across wind-prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with isolated gusts of 80 mph possible in the mountains,” the NWS Red Flag Advisory intoned.
The Santa Anas will bring a tremendous fire risk, with “the potential for very rapid fire spread, long range fire spotting and extreme fire behavior,” the NWS warned.
“Long-range computer models are showing that the Santa Ana winds could persist into Friday or Saturday.”