The latest indications are that a moderate Santa Ana event will affect Southern California during the middle of next week.
According to Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuel, "While it is a bit early to give specifics on how strong winds will actually be, it appears this event will fall into the moderate range in terms of severity for the region."
Next week, the combination of high pressure forecast to build over the Great Basin with an upper-level disturbance passing by should be enough to get northeasterly winds cranking.
The event should be strong enough to rout out coastal low clouds, greatly warm things up, and raise the wildfire danger in the region from central and northern California southward to southern Arizona and New Mexico.
Winds could become strong enough to be of concern for high-profile vehicles over the passes, through the canyons and in open areas.
Blowing dust could reduce visibility in some locations as well.
People are urged to be careful with campfires, cigarettes and outdoor equipment in advance of the forecast winds. Flames of existing fires could greatly be fanned by the winds next week.
Conditions will be favorable for lake-effect snow through the end of the week, threatening low visibility and dangerous travel conditions.
Spring of 2016 could rank in the top 10 warmest on record for Canada.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during the Valentine's Day weekend.
A new study has found that nearly a tenth of cereal crops have been wiped out due to droughts and heat waves between 1964 and 2007.
Untreated roadways and sidewalks could be slippery, causing some problems for the morning commute.
Episodes of snow and slippery travel will affect the mid-Atlantic states and parts of New England through Thursday.
East Columbus, OH Milligan, OH Monterey, VA Pittsburgh, PA Philadelphia, PA (1899)
Severe Cold Wave Tied for lowest min. ever -20. -39 F., record state low temperature. -29 F. Absolute min., -20 F, until 1994 5 deg. F., February record low maximum (tied all time record low max).
Reading, PA Baltimore City, MD Baltimore City, MD ()
-13 F; February minimum; 2nd lowest ever. 3 deg. F., all time record low maximum. -7 deg., tied all time record.
MIDWEST Milwaukee, WI Rockford, IL Albia, IA (1960)
Snowstorm and High Winds 16.7 in. of snow. Wind gusts to 61 mph. 11.6 in. of snow. Isolated 24 hours. 16 in. of snow.