LANCASTER – Strong winds whipped across the Antelope Valley Tuesday, Dec. 22. Wind gusts of 71 miles per hour were reported by the National Weather Service.
Due to high winds Tuesday morning, the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway was closed north of Lancaster between Avenue D and Kern County, with the closure stretching to Mojave, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Multiple big rigs were toppled by gusting winds in that area.
The road was reopened around 11:30 a.m. to passenger vehicles only. It reopened for all vehicles, including big rigs, around 4 p.m.
A wind advisory will be in effect until noon Wednesday in the Antelope Valley, with winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour expected, along with 50-mph gusts, NWS forecasters said.
With cold weather expected throughout the week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert through Monday in the Antelope Valley.
For more information on the hazardous weather conditions and a detailed forecast for the Antelope Valley, visit the National Weather Service’s website.