June 28, 2022 10:30 am

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Cold Front Saturday with Gale Conditions and Elevated Fire Weather Risk

A cold front will be moving through the area overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning. Little to no rain is expected, but the best rain chances will mainly be along and south of the I-10 corridor. The main impact from the cold front will be the strong and gusty northerly winds developing behind the front on Saturday and into Sunday. These winds will bring Gale conditions across the coastal waters, a wind advisory for all inland counties, and an elevated fire weather risk. 
What Has Changed Since Previous Email?
  • The Wind Advisory has been expanded to include all of our inland and coastal counties.
  • The Gale Watch has been upgraded to a Gale Warning starting 6 AM Saturday through 9 AM Sunday
  • A Low Water Advisory is in effect from 9AM Saturday through 6 PM Sunday for our Bays.
Overview
  • A cold front will be moving through the area during the overnight hours on Friday and into Saturday morning. This front is moving slightly faster than mentioned in the previous email and should now reach the coast between 4-6 AM. 
  • Little to no rainfall is expected, but best rain chances for some isolated showers will be south of I-10. 

  • Gusty winds will soon follow behind the front with sustained winds near 25 to 30 mph with gusts near 40 mph.
  • Therefore a Wind Advisory is in effect for all of our inland and coastal counties from 3 AM to 6PM Saturday.

  • Strong winds, dry fuels, and low humidity will lead to elevated fire weather conditions, but no red flag warning has been issued at this time as conditions should stay slightly above criteria. 
  • Regardless, take caution this weekend and avoid burning, use caution when operating large equipment, and make sure to check chains/bearings/exhaust systems. 

  • Cold air combined with breezy winds on Sunday and Monday will lead to wind chills in the teens and 20s overnight and during the early morning hours.