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Bolt Your Lawn Furniture, The Wind Is Back

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You may want to rethink taking a romantic drive in your convertible today: the National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory in Southern California, which will be in effect from noon until 9 p.m. Monday evening. The National Weather Service warns that gusty winds will make driving difficult, “especially for drivers of high profile vehicles.” We at LAist were curious what exactly our friends at the National Weather Service meant by “high profile”—are we talking Teslas, classic cars, or something with a celebrity behind the wheel?—so we called the agency’s Los Angeles bureau to find out.

It turns out the designation is pretty literal. “You know those big eighteen-wheel trucks that carry...well...stuff?” asks National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Forwood, explaining that a “high profile” vehicle refers to “anything that isn’t low to the ground,” including campers and buses.

Forwood says that drivers in Central L.A. likely wouldn’t be affected, but that conditions could be more hazardous on mountain roads, specifically on state routes 14 and 138 in the Antelope Valley, and the I-5 through the Grapevine. Today’s high winds stem from the difference between a low-pressure system currently north of us (it will move over the city tonight) and a high-pressure system over the ocean, according to Forwood.

Temperatures will also be cooler than normal, with the LA Times reporting that maximum temperatures for Monday are likely to be 8 to 12 degrees below normal.