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Indian Canyon Dr. and Gene Autry Trail both reopen Friday morning following sand storm closures


Police in Palm Springs reopened North Gene Autry Trail and Indian Canyon Drive through the Whitewater Wash Friday morning after blowing sand shut both major traffic arteries in and out of the city Thursday evening.

Strong winds and blowing sand reduced visibility for drivers.

N. Indian Canyon was reopened to traffic Friday morning shortly after 7:00 am after being shut down between Sunrise Parkway and Garnett just before 8 pm Thursday. Traffic was moving again on N. Gene Autry Trail as of 8:45 am Friday.

Highway 111 going out to the freeway or Vista Chino to Date Palm were the best alternate routes.

Officials advised commuters to follow traffic signs and avoid going around road closures as it could be dangerous and lead to fines.

The First Alert Weather team had been predicting strengthening winds. They died down as the sun rose over the Coachella Valley Friday morning.

MORE: Gusty conditions today, calmer tomorrow

A Wind Advisory has been posted for areas surrounding the Valley through late tonight.

The Wind Advisory closest to the Valley includes portions of North Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs as well as the San Gorgonio Pass.

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KESQ News Team


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