December 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

Damaging Los Angeles I-5 Corridor Wind Event Imminent; Then Northeast Flow Switches For A Santa Wind Event; Stormy Christmas Period


The High Wind Warning issued here at Southern California Weather Force goes into effect later today for rare areas of metro Los Angeles, including possible delays at LAX.  Wind gusts are onshore over Ventura and they are a pretty good clip at the moment as a passing dry-front moves over the area.  The southwest flow is enough for off and on upslope showers, mainly inland.

As the previous article stated, Kern County, you were issued a Short Term Forecast for this event. It mentions those showers but also mentions on Sunday morning the dusting of snow below 4,000 FT so don’t be surprised to see it. This is not an I-5 corridor closing snow event, but we could see a dusting up there in the Gorman zones then.

I issued a High Wind Warning for the LA Coast/West-Central Basin … SFV/SCV/Tujunga … Northwest Orange County zones. As Sunday morning moves along, the back-end of it will turn from west to east to more of a northwest to southeast flow and this opens up an I-5 Corridor Northwest Wind Event. Wind gusts along the corridor through the SCV and LA Basin/Coastal zones will be from 35-45 mph with gusts over 50 mph possible. Hang onto those Christmas Decorations on your Sunday morning into the day.

We switch to the northeast flow Santa Ana Winds for a moderate type event Sunday night, lasting through into Tuesday.  It is more of a flow from the SCV to Ventura County and some of the bottom of the Cajon Pass, but as for a major Inland Empire problem I do not see this.

As for the Christmas period.  As stated in my December forecast two weeks ago, I still am eying this period so watch for further forecast updates from Southern California Weather Force … What I do know is between December 22nd and the end of the month we will have several fronts move into Southern California, some of those of arctic origin so again another shot of low elevation snowfall.  I’m thinking we could try to get Christmas proper in-between storms so travels won’t be harsh on that day.

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