Gusty winds that pushed through the Valley on Thursday are expected to linger Friday, prompting local air officials to issue a health alert through Friday night.
Winds gusted to 40 mph on the Valley's west side Thursday, kicking up dust and making driving difficult for tall vehicles.
The California Highway Patrol on Friday morning reported high winds on the Grapevine, the Interstate 5 pass between the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles.
Gary Sanger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said strong winds will pick up again Friday mainly in the south end of the Valley.
A high-pressure area moving into the Great Basin is creating conditions for strong eastern breezes, with winds expected to gust up to 35 mph in the south Valley. The high winds are expected to die down Friday night.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a caution Thursday for the region because of blowing dust until Friday night. Small particles can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease and trigger asthma attacks, the district warned.
Friday's high in Fresno is forecast at 82 degrees with overnight temperatures expected to dip to 53 -- slightly lower than the average for this time of the year, Sanger said.
Weekend highs in Fresno are expected to hover around the mid to upper 80s and lows are forecast at 57 degrees.
Bee staff writer Jim Guy contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659 or email@example.com.