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Gusty winds prompt a First Alert Weather Alert for Friday

The First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert Weather Alert for another round of gusty winds through the mountains and desert lasting through this afternoon.

A Wind Advisory is now in effect for the Coachella Valley for gusts exceeding 40 MPH. Blowing sand and dust will only add to the mess of the increasing traffic ahead of Coachella Weekend #2.

Wind speeds are expected to strengthen through late morning. Secure potted plants, patio umbrellas, and other items that can easily topple over in the wind.

We've clocked winds above the 40mph mark overnight.

A Windblown Dust Advisory has been issued by South Coast Air Quality Management District through 3:00 p.m.

Rain and snow recorded early this morning, with some impressive totals in the mountains and measurable rainfall across the desert.

An inch or two of fresh snow also graces Long Valley.

Gusty winds will continue this afternoon before calming into the weekend. Highs will drop into the 70s Friday but rebound quickly. Temperatures in the upper 90s return next week.

Article Topic Follows: First Alert Weather Alert Day

Patrick Evans

Patrick Evans is the News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert, and also hosts afternoon drive on CV 104.3 FM from 2 pm – 6 pm. Learn more about Patrick here.

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