The Groundhog Day Storm
The Groundhog Day Storm is generating some very strong wind gusts. As of 7 AM, here is a list of a few peak winds recorded so far in MPH:
CHP Scales base of Grapevine- 67
Golden Hills- 55
Bear Mountain- 52
Meadows Field- 43
Strong southerly winds will persist through about 11 AM, until a cold front from the west passes. Expect power outages and some property damage.
A rain shadow is currently in progress over the South Valley due to the strong south winds. Rain is likely as the front passes later this morning, but the highest winds will occur just prior to frontal passage.
Heavier rain is expected later with a second part of this system late afternoon and evening.