UPDATE: North Gene Autry Trail reopened to traffic at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in both the north and southbound directions. All roads in and out of Palm Springs are open again.
UPDATE: At 5:30 pm Monday, Palm Springs Police alerted the public that Indian Canyon at the wash is now open. Earlier in the day they said that both Indian and Gene Autry Trail would remain closed until Tuesday. Gene Autry remains closed at this time.
ADVISORY: At this time both N. Gene Autry Trail and N. Indian Canyon Drive remain CLOSED at the wash due to major sand build up. The City hopes to reopen both roads sometime tomorrow.— City of Palm Springs (@CityofPS) May 30, 2022
The gusty weather has yet again closed a stretch of North Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs. As the windy Saturday wore on, parts of East Vista Chino and North Indian Canyon were added to the closures.
Late Sunday morning, officials reopened East Vista Chino but closures remain in effect on North Indian Canyon and North Gene Autry Trail.
Highway 111 is an option for a detour.
Location:E Vista Chino between Clubhouse View Dr and Carmela— Palm Springs PD (@PalmSpringsPD) May 29, 2022
Details: E Vista Chino through the wash is closed. As a reminder, N Indian Canyon between Sunrise Parkway and Garnett as well as N Gene Autry Trl between Via Esceu https://t.co/09VhY3wlDN
Palm Springs Police alerted drivers just after noon on Saturday that "North Gene Autry Trail between Interstate 10 and East Via Escuela will be closed due to wind and sand causing a hazardous conditions."
Location:North Gene Autry Trail between Interstate 10 and East Via Escuela— Palm Springs PD (@PalmSpringsPD) May 28, 2022
Details: North Gene Autry Trail between Interstate 10 and East Via Escuela Will be closed due to wind and sand causing a hazardous conditions. https://t.co/eRiMN8R2rB
The First Alert Weather Team issued a First Alert Weather Alert for this weekend because of the hazards of the high winds.
Expect winds gusting over 40mph, blowing sand and dust, reducing visibility and air quality. We may see road closures and experience overall difficult driving conditions, especially with an influx of out-of-town visitors for the long weekend. Here's a look at how Saturday night winds are likely to shape up.
Because of the closure, there may be additional traffic in other areas, so you might want to plan for extra time on the road.
Officials warn against going around road closures as it could be dangerous and lead to fines.
If you're driving in high winds make sure you take your time to get to point A and point B. Leave enough space between your car and others. Keep both hands on the wheel to help control your car. Keep an eye out for large semi-trucks or high-profile vehicles which are harder to control in high winds.
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