ANAHEIM, Calif., March 16 (UPI) — A warm spell in Southern California has brought unseasonable Santa Ana winds along with warnings to motorists on one Orange County highway, officials said.
Gusts up to 41 mph in local canyons affected drivers on the 241 Toll Road in Anaheim Tuesday, The Orange County Register reported.
Santa Ana winds caused by high pressure over the western United States are most common between October and January, but can occur later in the winter, the newspaper said.
The combination of high pressure and strong, dry winds pushed temperatures to higher-than-normal mid-to-upper 80s in Orange County Tuesday and the warm spell is expected to last until Friday, forecasters said.
Fresh vegetation growth from abundant winter rains means the danger of wildfire is minimal despite the winds and high temperatures, the Register said.
Officials also note Tuesday’s warm weather had no influence on the 4.4 Pico Rivera, Calif., earthquake at 4:04 a.m., saying there is no such thing as earthquake weather.
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