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Freezing Temperatures Chill Southern California

cold-picBaby, it’s cold outside! Parts of Southern California dealt with freezing conditions for a second straight day on Friday.

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12/19/12

Southern California to Dip Near or Below Freezing Overnight

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Clear skies and lighter winds will bring the temperature across Southern California to near or below freezing. A widespread frost advisory has been issued for the region.

Starting at 10 p.m. and into Thursday morning, areas such as the Apple Valley, Lucerne Valley, and the Antelope Valley will dip into the teens.

Between the hours of 3 a.m. the Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley,  the Inland Empire and much of Orange County will see temperatures near or below freezing.

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.

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (KTLA) — The howling winds are wreaking havoc on many Southland communities, toppling trees and knocking out power.

At one point Tuesday night in Sierra Madre, 70 percent of the homes were without power, affecting about 8,000 people.

There were also outages in West Covina, Arcadia and Chino Hills, as well as in parts of Los Angeles including east Hollywood, Larchmont and Mid-City.

Officials said that, since the region saw rain over the past several days, some falling branches were still wet and they fried electrical lines.

Some people in Sierra Madre who lost power around 5 p.m. Tuesday still did not have electricity on Wednesday morning.

LADWP crews were working around the clock to restore power. They said only about 10 to 15 percent of the residents were still in the dark.

If you’re heading out the door this morning, you might want to bundle up!

Whipping cold winds were battering Southern California on Wednesday, and snow fell in some areas overnight.

Motorists in Frazier Park were being warned about possible black ice on the roads.

Doug Kolk has more on the wintry weather from Canyon County.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Wet , wild and windy weather slammed Southern California, downing trees, power poles and electrical lines.

In South Los Angeles, a man was driving along Broadway on Tuesday when strong winds pushed a massive tree onto his vehicle.

“I’m doing okay… blessed to be alive,” Gerson Martinez told KTLA. “Just driving down the road, getting off work… It felt like a collision,” he recalled.

“Then I saw branches and stuff on top of me. I was just able to get out, just pushed the door open,” he said.

“I didn’t know how big the tree was, but it smashed the whole truck in — the whole top, the windshield. But I’m all right, I get to see another day.”

A wind advisory warned of gusts of 35 mph or greater in parts of Southern California.

Hollywood and downtown L.A. were areas that forecasters said could be hardest hit.

There were downed power lines in Encino, a power pole on fire in North Hollywood and even some hail in the San Fernando Valley.

A palm tree fell onto a house in Jefferson Park on Tuesday, not far from downtown. Fortunately, there was no serious damage and no one was hurt.

A cold storm moving through Southern California is bringing wild winds, rain, hail and even snow to the higher elevations.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A new storm system has delivered a blast of cold temperatures, rain,  gusty winds, and mountain snow for Southern California.

A wind advisory will be in effect from noon until midnight for the Antelope Valley, including Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as the Apple and Lucerne Valleys.

Similar advisories have been issued for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, as well as the Ventura County coastal and interior valleys.

A high wind warning has been issued from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The cold front is expected to dump a few inches of fresh snow on the Grapevine Tuesday night, making for icy roads and reduced visibility.

Temperatures in the 60s are expected for the rest of the week, with another chance of rain returning by the weekend.

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