S Calif winds ease as cold temperatures settle in

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm •  Published: December 19, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds that tore down trees and power lines eased Wednesday in Southern California, but chilly weather remained and subfreezing temperatures were possible, forecasters said.

Highs reached just the upper 50s and low 60s in most areas as northeast winds brought cold air to the region. Clear skies meant temperatures could drop rapidly overnight without a blanket of clouds to seal in warmth.

"We could have one of the coldest nights we've had yet this season," said meteorologist Eric Boldt of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Frost advisories and freeze warnings were issued from Wednesday night into Thursday morning for the mountains, deserts and inland valleys.

Overnight lows could drop into the high 30s in downtown Los Angeles, with record lows possible in the San Fernando Valley and the Antelope Valley high desert, where homeowners should consider bringing prized plants indoors, Boldt said.

In addition, the cold could threaten crops in agricultural areas.

The region was drenched by a storm earlier in the week and clouds could begin moving in again Thursday night as another round of wet weather approaches, Boldt said.

The previous storm gave way Tuesday to blustery winds that began to ease Wednesday, although gusts of 35 mph or more were recorded in mountains, valleys and along the coast. A 61 mph blast hit 4,140-foot-high Whitaker Peak in Angeles National Forest.

Winds toppled trees and power lines on Tuesday, leaving thousands of people without electricity in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Several dozen customers reported new outages or remained without power Wednesday morning.


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