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Southern California to get mild Santa Ana winds

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a blustery start to the week, Southern Californians can expect to trade the cold winds blowing in from the Pacific for warmer, drier Santa Ana winds blowing down from the mountains, weather forecasters said.

After a chilly storm system that left the state by early Tuesday, most of Los Angeles and parts of eastern Ventura County can expect Santa Ana winds to roll in Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Highs in the valleys could reach the mid-80s.

Mountains and valleys could experience frequent wind gusts of up to 65 mph, but nothing like Monday's blast of cold air that swept through much of the state from the northwest.

The cold front Monday left streets littered with trees, knocked out power to thousands of people, and whipped up waves and wildfires as gusts topped 80 mph in some areas.

The calmer weather Tuesday, accompanied by higher humidity, helped firefighters contain a wind-whipped wildfire in Fillmore, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

That blaze destroyed two homes Monday and had threatened about 160 others before being brought under control by noon Tuesday, Ventura County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said.