Wednesday, November 28, 2012

HIGH WIND WATCH: POTENTIAL FOR VERY STRONG DOWNSLOPE WINDS

 NWS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 
 SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 65 TO 75 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
ALONG HIGHWAY 395 IN THE OWENS VALLEY


A STRONG STORM SYSTEM OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR VERY STRONG DOWNSLOPE WINDS AT TIMES ACROSS THE EASTERN SIERRA SLOPES AND OWENS VALLEY FRIDAY THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

Description: HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAS VEGAS HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WATCH FOR THE EASTERN SIERRA SLOPES AND OWENS VALLEY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS: SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 65 TO 75 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
* TIMING: THOUGH CONFIDENCE IN EXACT TIMING OF THE STRONGEST WINDS IS LOW...THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG WINDS IS HIGH. AT THIS TIME THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED LATE FRIDAY MORNING...OVERNIGHT FRIDAY...AND SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
* LOCATIONS: ASPENDELL...WHITNEY PORTAL...BISHOP... INDEPENDENCE...LONE PINE...OLANCHA
* IMPACTS: POWERFUL CROSSWINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT...IF NOT DANGEROUS...ALONG HIGHWAY 395 IN THE OWENS VALLEY... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. TREES AND POWER LINES MAY BE BLOWN DOWN. LOOSE AND LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS OUTSIDE WILL BE BLOWN AWAY IF NOT SECURED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH AND...OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR IN THE WATCH AREA. CONTINUE TO MONITOR FORECASTS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.
Target Area:
EASTERN SIERRA SLOPES-OWENS VALLEY-INCLUDING... ASPENDELL... WHITNEY PORTAL... BISHOP... INDEPENDENCE... LONE PINE... OLANCHA


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