MOUNTAIN AREA – The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a wind advisory for the Sierra Nevada and the foothills beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday through 4 a.m. on Saturday above 2,000 feet elevation.
The advisory is in effect for Mariposa, Madera and Fresno County foothills, with northeast winds at 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Windy conditions are expected by Thursday night and will persist into early Saturday morning in Bass Lake, Oakhurst, Mariposa, Coarsegold and surrounding communities. Canyons and ridge tops are forecast to have the strongest winds.
The National Weather Services warns that travel in the southern Sierra Nevada will likely be adversely impacted by gusty winds, and residents and motorists are advised to be prepared for the possibility of falling trees.
A flash flood advisory had also been issued for the area in and around the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County and Yosemite National Park.