Freezing weather, high winds strike Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Freezing weather and strong winds struck the Southland this morning.

A wind advisory heralding gusts of 35 miles per hour was in force until 4 a.m. in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, and the Los Angeles coastal zone, which consists of beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, Downtown L.A., and the Hollywood Hills.

Northwest to north winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour gusting to 50 mph were blowing across the San Gabriels but was blowing at 15-25 mph with 40-mph gusts in the valleys.

Also in effect — until 8 a.m. — was a freeze warning in the Santa Clarita Valley and a frost warning in the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains.

But a winter weather advisory denoting highly challenging travel conditions was allowed to expire this morning in the San Gabriel Mountains in L.A. and Ventura counties, and Interstate 5 was reopened in both directions at the Grapevine in the San Gabriel Mountains about 2:40 a.m. after being closed down because of snow and ice.

Chilly temperatures will persist at least through Sunday, according to an extended National Weather Service forecast.

The NWS forecast sunny weather today and highs of 42 degrees on Mount Wilson; 50 in Lancaster; 52 in Palmdale; 57 in Saugus, Avalon and at LAX; 58 in Long Beach and Pasadena; and 59 in Downtown L.A, San Gabriel, Burbank and Woodland Hills. No L.A County community was forecast to even reach 60 today. Tuesday’s highs will be a few degrees higher Tuesday amid partly cloudy skies, then revert roughly to today’s temperatures amid rain Wednesday, followed by showers Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County today, along with highs of 40 on Santiago Peak; 52 on Ortega Canyon at 2,600 feet; 55 in Fremont Canyon; 56 in Trabuco Canyon; 57 in San Clemente; 58 in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Yorba Linda; 59 in Mission Viejo; and 61 in Fullerton, Anaheim and Irvine. Temperatures will be a little higher Tuesday amid partly cloudy skies, then fall back a few degrees, with rain forecast Wednesday and Thursday, mostly cloudy skies Friday and Saturday and showers Sunday.

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