Winds strong enough to down power lines and trees continue to bring the potential for property damage and hazards to motorists will spread across the Southwest.
Areas from Southern California and Nevada to Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas will be affected Tuesday.
The highest wind gusts will whip southern Nevada, the deserts of Southern California, eastern Arizona and a large portion of New Mexico.
Strong onshore winds along the coast were creating rough surf conditions over the Southern California beaches.
The strongest winds can bring down power lines and trees and bring the potential for property damage. Downed power lines have the potential to spark brush fires.
For most of the affected area, the high winds will have the potential to make driving conditions difficult at times, especially with high-profile vehicles.
Blowing dust could restrict visibilities, also making for difficult driving conditions.
Other precautionary measures that can be taken include securing trash cans and other loose and lightweight outdoor objects that could be blown around by this wind.
Use extreme caution with outdoor power equipment. The use of open flames in windy conditions is strongly discouraged.
The high winds coming to the area will be created by a strengthening low pressure area aiming for the Four Corners states.
The storm will trigger a blizzard from Denver to Rapid City, S.D., Monday night and Tuesday, and violent thunderstorms, including a risk of tornadoes, from Dallas to Kansas City later Tuesday into Tuesday night.
Midday Monday, gusts to 87 mph were recorded in Southern California, near 60 mph in Arizona and 55 mph in Nevada during the event.
The wind downed power lines in Palm Springs and the Monterey areas during Monday. Trees were downed in Sacramento and San Francisco.
Gusts between 40 and 80 mph blasted southern Nevada on Monday.
During Monday night, gusts between 40 and 65 mph ripped across portions of Arizona.
Gusts between 40 and 60 mph were frequenting portions of southern and western New Mexico Tuesday morning.
While prospects for a white Christmas are grim along the I-95 corridor, many communities from the Great Lakes to the Rockies should be able enjoy a snowy scene for the holiday.
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the interior Northwest may see their dreams come true this year as another storm impacts the region.
While snow falling around the Christmas holiday may create an ideal setting for celebrations, massive storms that have slammed parts of the country in the last decade have created mass chaos.
Rain and thunderstorms, some capable of producing severe weather, will affect much of the South from Tuesday into Christmas Eve.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring windy and wet weather to the British Isles and northern Europe.
A storm bearing gusty winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
Portland, MI (2001)
34 consecutive days with measurable rainfall.
Second of triple December storms - 25" at Gettysburg, PA.
Kansas City (1961)
16.6" snow, greatest in December.