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Powerful wind, rain and even a little bit of snow could make traveling along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine hazardous Thursday and Friday, forecasters said.

Vehicles travel along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine in 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Vehicles travel along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine in 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Northerly winds with gusts up to 50 to 65 miles per hour are possible in the area through early Friday morning, said Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. A high winds warning is in effect for the area through 1 a.m. Friday, he said.

Forecasters had received reports of snow near Sandberg on Thursday morning, he said.

Gusty wind is expected Thursday for much of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, with gusts around 35 to 45 miles per hour and possibly stronger in the mountain areas, Munroe said. The wind could be strong enough for reduced visibility due to blowing dust and sand across the Antelope Valley, and forecasters have warned of potential downed tree limbs and trees, as well as possible power outages.

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