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Scattered Showers And Heavy Winds To Blow Through The Southland Sunday

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Old Man Winter is extending his stay in Los Angeles, so grab those scarves and bundle up.

Saturday’s rain has dumped most of the precipitation we should expect for the weekend. Our normally sunny skies will remain overcast (re: gloomy; re: depressing; re: Oh, God, I’ve done nothing with my life).

Scattered showers, if any, may dampen the roads, but Bonnie Bartling, Weather Specialist with the National Weather Service, says “today is all about the wind.”

The mountains and Antelope Valley regions have a high wind warning, with northwest winds up to 80 mph in the highest elevations. The coast, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley will see westerly gusts of 40 mph. By afternoon, winds of 45 to 50 mph will blow along the shore, and the Santa Monica Recreational Mountains may experience winds up to 55 mph.

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Snow is also in the forecast today. Elevations over 5,000 feet will see two to four, maybe even six, inches of snow. The snow line will drop to 3,500 feet, which may get one to two inches.

Bartling cautions that the combination of extreme high winds, snow, and icy roads will cause some dangerous driving conditions through the mountain passes. So if you’re planning an escape from Thanksgiving with your family through the Grapevine, or crossing back into the Southland from the High Desert, be advised.

Temps will stay in the upper 50s to low 60s for most of Los Angeles. The deserts will remains below 50, and the mountains will stay down-right polar with temperatures below 40 (hey, it’s all relative).

According to the L.A. Times, we should have our clear, blue skies back tomorrow and through the end of the week, with highs pushing 70.