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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Southern California got a blast of cold temperatures and gusty winds on Wednesday, which toppled trees and knocked out power.

A wind advisory will remain in effect through 2 p.m. Wednesday for much of the Southland, including the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys.

Forecasters warned of gusts between 35 and 40 mph across the valleys, and gusts reaching up to 60 mph in the mountain areas.

The winds have wreaked havoc in many local communities, knocking down trees and power lines.

Strong winds sent a tree crashing down onto a man’s truck as he drove along the 3100 block of S. Broadway in South Los Angeles Tuesday evening.

His truck was smashed and he was shaken up, but he was not hurt. Crews were working to remove the tree, but there was no word on when the street would reopen.

In Sierra Madre, up to 70 percent of the homes were without power Tuesday night. That figure was down to 10 to 15 percent by Wednesday morning.

Other areas that were hit with power problems included east Los Angeles, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Larchmont and Mid-City.

Tuesday’s wet weather also left cities like Frazier Park with a fresh dusting of snow overnight. Motorists were warned about possible black ice on the roads.

Highs around 60 are expected in the Los Angeles and Orange County metro areas on Wednesday, and in the valleys of the Inland Empire.

The mountains will be windy and cold, with temperatures in the mid 30s. The high desert will see strong wind gusts and temperatures in the high 40s.

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