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Santa Ana winds return this weekend

A First Alert Weather Alert Day continues through Sunday afternoon for gusty Santa Ana winds.

Gusty offshore winds remain through Sunday afternoon with breezy winds continuing through Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning through 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The area includes Riverside County mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass.

A Wind Advisory goes into effect when the High Wind Warning expires. This from 3 p.m. Sunday through 3 a.m. Monday. Winds are expected to stay breezy but below warning level. Winds will be easterly 15-25 mph with gusts reaching up to 50 mph. Winds will significantly decrease Monday.

Gusty winds will also bring the potential for unhealthy air quality. South Coast AQMD has issued a Windblown Dust Advisory through Sunday afternoon. AQI levels could reach Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups due to blowing sand and dust. Areas near 2020 wildfire burn scars could also experience blowing ash. This advisory area does include the Coachella Valley.

Temperatures will be cooler Sunday compared to Saturday where Palm Springs reached a high temperature of 77°.

Clear skies through the Saturday night made the Snow Moon (full moon for the month of February bright in the sky). It peaked Saturday at 12:17 a.m.

Snow Moon captured by Lynne Tucker

By Wednesday night, we are expecting a trough of low pressure to move over Southern California. This trough has the potential to bring rain to the region. As of now, there is not a high confidence with positioning of the system but it's something your First Alert Weather team will track closely.

For up-to-the-minute weather updates and severe alerts, download the First Alert Weather App today!

You'll stay informed with the latest weather videos. In addition, be able to monitor the changing conditions from wherever you are!

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Taylor Begley

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