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Rain and strong winds expected Thursday into Friday for the Victor Valley

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. ( — The first winter storm of the new year is expected to bring rain, strong winds, and even snow in our local mountains.

Motorists with high profile vehicles are also being urged to take extra precautions if they have plans to travel on the I-15 freeway, highway 247, highway 18, or highway 395 due to possible hazardous conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the region beginning at 1:00 pm today and lasting until 4:00 am on Friday.

Areas like Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley are expected to see southwest 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts to 55 mph.

According to the NWS – San Diego Office, rain with snow above 5,000 feet is expected, with most precip falling late Thursday night. “The winds will also be gusty across all mountain areas and the High Deserts,” stated the agency.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down resulting in power outages.

Travel for high profile vehicle traveling along the 15 freeway, highway 247, SR-18, and highway 395 may become hazardous.

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