Owens Valley Experiencing Strong Monday Winds

020221034422On Monday, NOAA Weather issued a High Wind Warning for the areas of Eastern Sierra Slopes, the Owens Valley, and the White Mountains. The warning will remain in effect from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. West winds of 35-45 mph, with gusts up to 60-75 mph, are expected in that time frame. Travel will be hazardous on Highway 395 for high profile vehicles, and is discouraged until the warning has passed.

Though temperatures have been warm recently, this upcoming week daytime low temperatures are expected to dip below freezing, with a low of 24 on

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One of Dozens of trees down in Big Pine due to the high winds

Monday night and a low of 23 on Tuesday night. However, by Wednesday night, low temperatures will be above freezing and daytime highs will be in the high 60s and low 70s again.

These high wind warnings are in effect throughout almost all of Southern and Central California today, as well as most of Nevada, and higher altitude parts of the state are experiencing winter weather advisories. On Monday, Mono County will also be experiencing a high wind warning, with gusts around 30-40 mph. This will be accompanied by some heavy snow, with a possible 7-11 inches falling in Mammoth Lakes Monday and another 1-2 inches on Monday night. Low temperatures in Mammoth Lakes will be down in the single digits.


Multiple vehicles turned over on HWY 395 as well as multiple trees across the Owens Valley and Mono. One of the beautiful trees, an idyllic ancient Oak, in the front of the Inyo Courthouse in Independence blew over as well. Power went out at Owens Valley School and the kids were sent home for the day.

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Inyo County Courthouse lost its beautiful tree. Photo Cred: Erin Renee
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Photo Cred: Erin Renee
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Photo Cred: Erin Renee

Video of Trucks Parked on the side of 395 due to High Winds


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