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It's Going To Be A Cold And Windy One In SoCal This Week

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A lingering cold front is expected to bring strong winds and chilly temperatures across Southern California early this week.Say goodbye to our toasty Fall weather. The cold front that brought cold temperatures and rain—and even snow to some areas—last night is expected to stick around, and now strong winds will make the cold temps feel even colder. Officials from the Department of Public Health have issued a cold weather alert for parts of Los Angeles County as wind chill temperatures are expected to drop below 32 degrees across the region today, reports CBS LA. The alert has been issued for Woodland Hills and Santa Clarita Valley today. It will be expanded to the San Gabriel Valley on Tuesday and is expected to stay in effect until Wednesday.

“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, L.A. County Interim Health Officer, tells CBS LA. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”

There's also a high wind warning in effect for Ventura and L.A. county mountains with gusts over 45 mph, reports ABC 7. High temperatures will barely reach 60 degrees across most of L.A. and Orange counties and the Valleys and Inland Empire—yes, temps that would seem tropical this time of year in other parts of the country. Mountain communities will likely see high temps in the upper-20s, while high desert areas will see lots of wind and temps in the mid-to-upper 40s.

The National Weather Service also predicts that gusts of wind could reach up to 80 mph along the 5 Freeway corridor and up to 55 mph in the Antelope Valley until around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, reports the L.A. Times.

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Temperatures are expected to warm as the week goes on, though Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties may see freezing temperatures on Wednesday morning. L.A. will stay above 40 degrees, but areas along the Ventura County-L.A. County line may drop below freezing, according to the Times.