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Strong Winds Could Make It A Manic Monday

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Hold onto your hat — and your steering wheel.

It’s expected to be a breezy Monday, with potentially damaging wind gusts in the mountains of Los Angeles County.

A weather system moving through the Southland Sunday night will generate gusty winds throughout much of the county on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The strongest winds will be in the mountains and Antelope Valley, though strong winds are also expected along the coast and valleys.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the mountains, with a high wind watch in effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Northwest winds of 25-35 mph, gusting to 55 mph, will develop early Monday and likely increase to 30-45 mph with gusts to 60 mph Monday afternoon.

The strongest winds will be along the Golden State (5) Freeway Grapevine, where some gusts could be in excess of 75 mph, according to the Weather Service.

The wind will diminish late Monday into Tuesday.

A wind advisory means winds of 35 mph or greater are expected. Residents in the advisory area were advised to take precautions before the wind arrives by closing windows and securing outdoor objects.

Motorists, especially of taller vehicles, should use caution while traveling through mountain passes.

A high wind watch means there is the potential for sustained winds of at least 40 mph and gusts of 58 mph or stronger.

The Antelope Valley is under a wind advisory from 9 a.m. Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday because of west winds of 25-40 mph, gusting to 55 mph. Isolated gusts of 60 mph are possible in the foothills, including the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.

Motorists were warned that blowing dust and sand could reduce visibility.

The Los Angeles County coast, including downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, will be under a wind advisory from noon to 9 p.m. Monday. Northwest winds will increase to 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph Monday afternoon. The Santa Monica ountains Recreational Area will be under a wind advisory from noon Monday to noon Tuesday, with orthwest winds of 25-40 mph with gusts to 55 mph Monday afternoon, and isolated gusts in excess of 55 mph.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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