Cold Temperatures Bring Frost, Freeze Advisories Across Southern California

Get those blankets and jackets out, even colder conditions are in the forecast Saturday night and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Cold weather is reported across Southern California on Dec. 17, 2016. (Credit: LOUDLABS)

Cold weather is reported across Southern California on Dec. 17, 2016. (Credit: LOUDLABS)

The agency predicts that the next couple of nights “will be the coldest of the year so far, with widespread frost and freeze conditions expected.”

Temperatures below freezing are expected across interior valleys and the central coast of Southern California.

The San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, along with the Santa Monica mountains and the Ventura County coastal plain, will experience near-freezing temperatures. A frost advisory has been issued in those areas.

Farther north, in the valley areas of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, a freeze or hard freeze is in effect.

The coldest temperatures are expected in the Antelope Valley, which has already seen multiple hard freezes. Temperatures there will drop to the teens and lower 20s, according to the weather service.

A frost advisory will also be in effect from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the Santa Monica Mountains, which was also under a wind advisory through Saturday afternoon, the weather service reported. Temperatures there are expected to fall to around 30 degrees.

Weather service officials warn that frost can cause damage to sensitive plants and harm pets and the freezing temperatures may cause pipes to burst.

The cold front also brought snow to the Big Bear area and has created dangerous driving conditions for motorists.

A slight warming trend is in the forecast through the middle of next week, according to the weather service.