FONTANA (CBS) — Offshore winds gusting at speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour battered the Southland Friday morning.

The region’s latest wind event was being attributed by meteorologists to a cold low-pressure system lumbering into northwestern Mexico this morning and expected to remain parked there through Saturday.

“This is a favorable pattern for damaging winds across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including the Santa Monica mountains, and the Santa Clarita Valley,” according to an NWS advisory.

Strong gusty winds are also expected in the western San Fernando Valley and coastal areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, it said.

A high wind warning, issued when winds blow at sustained speeds of 40 mph with gusts of at least 58 mph, went into effect at 3 a.m. in the Santa Clarita Valley and the Los Angeles County portions of the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains. It was scheduled to remain in effect until 3 p.m. Saturday.

A less serious wind advisory was in force in the San Fernando Valley and along the Orange County coast and was scheduled to go into effect at 7 a.m. in Los Angeles County’s coastal zone, which stretches from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills and takes in metropolitan Los Angeles, including the downtown area.

The wind advisory will expire at 1 p.m. Saturday in Orange County and two hours later in Los Angeles County.

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