windy.jpgA wind advisory is in effect today for much of the Bay Area as a sharp cold front advances on the California Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind speeds will be strongest from mid-morning through mid-afternoon, and the weather services has issued the advisory for 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. today for portions of all Bay Area counties except for Solano County.

Southerly winds are expected to kick up beginning at sunrise, with the strongest winds expected along the immediate coast and in the hills. Speeds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, along with occasional gusts of 45 mph.

Motorists should take extra care, as the weather service advises that the winds will make driving more difficult. High profile vehicles will be most susceptible to the gusts and wind-swept debris could litter roadways.

Small tree branches and other unsecured light items could also be blown into roadways, the weather service said.

Power disruptions may occur if winds down power lines, and the weather service recommends residents be prepared for such scenarios while the advisory is in effect.

Affected areas range from Point Reyes National Seashore down to the Peninsula coast and inland as far as the East Bay hills and Mount Diablo.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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