A high wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today along the North Coast, National Weather Service officials said.
Southerly winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph are expected along the immediate coastal headlands and exposed higher terrain, meteorologist Brian Garcia said.
The wind event will mainly occur from the Trinidad area northward and along Cape Mendocino, he added.
”A lot of people don't have to work on Saturday, so it might just be a good day to snuggle with your valentine and stay home,” Garcia said.
Drivers are advised to use caution on U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 299, according to the weather service. People should also be prepared for potential power outages.
The high winds will occur ahead of a cold front that is forecast to move in this evening, Garcia said. Once the front moves in, the winds will shift to the west tonight and into Sunday.
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