UPDATE— Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.—We have received numerous reminders to share with our readers that the high winds roaring throughout the Mountain Communities today may be carrying valley fever spores, especially in the areas of Lebec, Gorman, and the Western Antelope Valley, along Highway 138, the Grapevine and the southern San Joaquin Valley
Mountain resident Fred Witters said he recommends that people keep their masks on to avoid inhaling spores in this kind of weather. He said in a telephone call to The Mountain Enterprise this afternoon that it was in exactly this same kind of wind storm in which he caught valley fever: “valley fever is something you really don’t want to catch.” We should also remind readers that the symptoms of valley fever could be confused with covid-10 symptoms. Please wear masks. It is wise. Thanks to those who have contacted us.
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Hanford CA
1231 PM PST Mon Jan 18 2021
Grapevine, Fort Tejon, Lebec, GormanFrazier Perk, CA (Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 12:31 p.m.)
…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM MONDAY NIGHT TO
1 AM PST WEDNESDAY…
* WHAT…Sustained northeast winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts near
55 mph expected.
* WHERE…Kern County mountains and desert.
* WHEN…From 10 PM PST Monday night until 1 AM PST Wednesday
* IMPACTS…Strong winds may blow down tree branches. Travel
will be difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Highways affected include, but are not
limited to Highway 14, U.S. Highway 395, Highway 58 through
and below Tehachapi Pass, including Mojave, and Highway 178
through and below Walker Pass, including Inyokern.
Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
Our thanks to Jerry Ferris of Mountain Communities Weather Station
This is part of the January 15, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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