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Record Heat, And Snow, Both Forecasted For SoCal This Week

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Southern California will, once again, be subjected to wild weather fluctuations this week, reports City News Service. After hitting record-high temperatures this weekend, the forecast is calling for snow in the mountains by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A "Red Flag Warning" has been issued all weekend, meaning that the combination of gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity, and heat poses much more serious potential for fires. Temperatures topped the high-80s in Los Angeles on Saturday, and it was forecast to reach 90 degrees at the beaches on Sunday. Ahhh. Toiling in front of a hot oven on Thanksgiving sure sounds appealing now, doesn't it?

Now, autumn heat waves are certainly not out of the ordinary for Southern California, nor are rapid changes in the weather. But when you can go from boiling heat to literal snow in the matter of a day, basically, that's weird, right?

Temperatures will have dipped down by 20 to 30 degrees by Wednesday across SoCal, which means conditions could be right for snow to fall in the mountains. AccuWeather meteorologist Ken Clark said, "The weather will get cold enough for snow levels to dip to Cajon and Tejon passes in Southern California, as well as the high ground over I-40 in northern Arizona by Wednesday night. Snow showers would occur only if there is enough moisture available in the first place.

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AccuWeather also warns that the rain showers gusty winds predicted to swing across Southern California could lead to holiday travel delays in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix; those flying could experience stronger turbulence than usual.