Wind gusts pose driving danger in parts of county

SAN DIEGO -- High winds will buffet the San Diego-area mountains and deserts Thursday evening and Friday, potentially causing driving hazards in some parts of the East County, forecasters advised Thursday.

Due to the gusty conditions, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, effective through 9 p.m. Friday in the mountains and the deserts.

Wind speeds are expected to range from 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up 50 mph in those areas over the period, the weather service advised.

Roadway visibility could be heavily affected by blowing dust and debris due to the winds, meteorologists cautioned. Drivers of large vehicles, such as motor homes and big rigs, were advised to be particularly wary of using desert roads, especially along Interstate 15 across the high desert.

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