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Wild Weather: Wind, Frost, Fire Danger and More Heat (Then More Cold!)

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Brrrr! This may have been the weekend Angelenos turned on their heaters for the first time this season, and while we are under a freeze watch in some areas, we are also headed into a warming trend with Santa Ana winds...until it turns cold again a couple of days later. Keeping up? Okay!

First, the c-c-c-old: Late tonight and into Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service is forecasting sub-freezing temps for interior areas. There could be a hard freeze overnight locally in the Antelope Valley again, as well as more frost there. The area is under a "freeze watch" until Tuesday morning. A cold air mass and gusty north to northeast winds are keeping us cool today, but don't put your t-shirts into storage just yet.

We've got a Santa Ana wind system in place, and red flag warnings are already in place from this morning into Tuesday night.

Sustained winds of 20 miles per hour may gust to 50 mph today and through Tuesday in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills, the National Weather Service predicts. With very low humidity levels--in the single digits--that means it's fire weather.

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Now for some temperature talks: While we may hit the mid-70s this afternoon in Los Angeles, things will heat up into the low 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, before dipping down again Thursday to the low 70s, and even lower Friday to the upper 60s, with a bonus of possible rain.

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