High Winds Could Bring Power Shutoffs to 400,000 PG&E Customers


A weather system expected to move into Northern and Central California late this weekend will bring strong drying wind which has the potential to create extreme fire conditions throughout the region. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Sacramento say this looks to be the strongest fire weather event of the year so far with extremely poor humidity recovery and powerful wind gusts over ridges and northeast oriented canyons.

The forecast calls for the strongest wind late Sunday through Monday or Tuesday. In the Valley wind gusts could reach 40 to 50 mph, the foothills and mountain areas can expected winds up to 60 mph, and the canyons and ridges in the northern half of the state might top 70 mph. The wind is expected to diminish on Wednesday.

Infographic courtesy NWS, Sacramento

Infographic courtesy NWS, Sacramento

Meanwhile, PG&E meteorologists are monitoring the situation. A potential Public Safety Power Shutoff encompassing areas in the northern and western Sacramento Valley, Northern and Central Sierra, higher terrain of the Bay Area, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast Region, and portions of southern Kern County. Power was just restored to well over 30,000 the utility company's customers after another PSPS earlier this week.