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.
Location:N Indian Canyon Dr Between Sunrise Parkway and Garnett— Palm Springs PD (@PalmSpringsPD) April 29, 2022
Details: The above road is closed through the wash due to poor visibility. https://t.co/2NMwJYjDqY
Highway 111 going out to the freeway or Vista Chino to Date Palm were the best alternate routes.
Location:N Gene Autry Trail between Salvia and E Via Escuela is CLOSED.— Palm Springs PD (@PalmSpringsPD) April 28, 2022
Details: N Gene Autry Trail between Salvia and E Via Escuela is CLOSED due to blowing sand and low visibility. Please use Indian or Date Palm. https://t.co/sHh7LhxxyG
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.
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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