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Southern California Is In The Middle Of Our Coldest Storm Of The Season. Freezing Temperatures Are Possible

Storm clouds loom over snow covered mountains.
Snow blankets the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles in this Dec. 2019 file photo.
(Robyn Beck
AFP via Getty Images)
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After a cold Wednesday daytime in Los Angeles, a frigid breeze will stroll through the Southland tonight and chill until Friday with the interior valleys plunging between 17 and 25 degrees.

"Burst exposed pipes are possible," says Kristan Lund, a meteorologist at The National Weather Service. She advises taking take proactive measures as soon as possible.

The cold northern winds dropping down from Canada can also bring potential damage to plants, frosted windshields on vehicles and even hypothermia for humans, Lund points out.

On top of that, a wind advisory is still in effect until midnight Wednesday. Lund says winds are expected between 25 to 45 mph, but the strongest winds will be around the I-5 corridor.

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"We can expect downed tree limbs, difficult driving conditioning and loose objects to be as blown away.

The hard freeze comes after a winter weather advisory that was in effect until noon Wednesday for parts of Central and Southern California. This included the Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains — except for the Santa Monica range.

Some areas of the San Gabriel Mountains received between three to five inches of snow.

"The one thing that this storm is struggling with just a bit is that it doesn't have a great deal of moisture, so we're really not expecting a lot of precipitation," Sweet said yesterday. "But with a snow level as low as it is, those areas could get some winter impacts that would make driving difficult."

Drivers should watch out for winter road conditions and gusty winds on the 5 freeway from the Grapevine to Castaic, the 14 freeway through Soledad Canyon, and Highway 33 across the Ventura County mountains.

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