The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 5.
According to a recent announcement, southerly winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour (mph) with gusts up to 45 mph are expected, with gusts up to 60 mph in the highest peaks and ridges.
Affected areas include the mountains of San Benito County and interior Monterey County including Pinnacles National Park, San Francisco Bay Shoreline, Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast, North Bay Mountains, Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest, North Bay Interior Valleys, San Francisco, East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range, San Francisco Peninsula Coast, Northern Monterey Bay, East Bay Interior Valleys, Coastal North Bay including Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern Salinas Valley/Hollister Valley and Carmel Valley, and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Winds are expected to increase Friday night and peak in intensity early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said. Gusty winds will gradually subside Saturday afternoon and evening.
Locals should anticipate difficult driving conditions, blowing debris, down trees or tree limbs. Isolated power outages are also possible.
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