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Chill, Out: Damaging Winds and Cold Temps Batter Region

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Violent, persistent winds began to sweep across the Los Angeles area last night, and will continue through this morning. The northerly winds could reach speeds of 70-80 mph through the I-5 corridor and up to 60 mph in the valleys and Antelope Valley in LA County, according to the National Weather Service. "A high-wind advisory remains in effect along the coast until noon, which means winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph," reports LA Now.

The NWS cautions: "This event has the potential to be one of the most widespread and strongest wind episodes in recent years. With the ground rain-soaked by recent storms...there likely will be widespread downed trees across the region. In addition...there will also be the potential for downed power lines and widespread power outages."

Trees did in fact come down all over last night, some in residential areas, others on freeways and streets "making it treacherous for motorists," notes CBS2.

Temps have dipped, and will get even lower today into tomorrow.