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Wind Advisory In Effect As Weather Officials Warn Of Dangerous Mountain Driving Conditions

A satellite image from NOAA shows the weather pattern over the Pacific and Western U.S. on Saturday night, Feb. 1. (Courtesy of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service )
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Heads up Southern California: The winds are really going to pick up and the temperatures are going to drop, which may feel like a startling change from the unusual highs in recent days.

The National Weather Service used strong language Saturday night, warning of a "very strong, damaging... wind event" starting Super Bowl Sunday night and continuing into early Monday. They cautioned that power outages and downed trees and powerlines are possible.

And they warned: "A similar event in 2006 caused big rig accidents on the I-5. Use extra caution driving!!"

NWS meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie said winds gusts are predicted to hit speeds of 60 miles-per-hour.

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"Definitely with that strength of wind we're going to have issues with tree branches at the minimum and possibly some weaker trees that could get blown down into power lines," she said.

There could also be snow on mountain roads Sunday night and forecasters are warning drivers headed through the Grapevine on the 5 freeway to expect delays as roads could be snowy and icy.

Those strong winds will also bring high surf and dangerous conditions in the Pacific Ocean.

Weather officials said a high wind advisory will be in effect from Sunday night through Monday at noon for the Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands and San Gabriel Valley.

Here are some key NWS safety tips:


Emily Henderson and Jessica Flores contributed to this report.


9:10 a.m.: This article was updated with information from Hoxsie.

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This article was originally published at 5 a.m..