Freeze Warnings Issued for Parts of SoCal as Forecasters Call for Another Night of Bitter Cold

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A cold air mass put parts of Southern California into a deep freeze Tuesday morning and forecasters are warning that more of the same is coming Wednesday.

Some of the coldest temperatures were felt by residents in the Antelope Valley, where lows dropped into the teens overnight.

Forecasters predicted some cities could report record-breaking low temperatures Tuesday.

The Weather Service later confirmed that Santa Barbara had tied their previous low of 32 degrees, which was reached on Feb. 4 in 2002, 1988 and 1948.

A new record low of 21 degrees was set in Paso Robles. The old record of 23 degrees occurred on Feb. 4, 1955.

Hard freeze warnings for Lancaster and Palmdale expired at 10 a.m. but will return as hard freeze watches from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents are urged to provide pets and livestock with indoor shelter during these extremely cold evenings.

One man who recently moved to Southern California didn’t mind the cold. “I like this weather … It kinda reminds me of Texas,” Steve Wells told KTLA.

Freeze warnings also expired Tuesday morning for parts of the Inland Empire.

Those warnings will return for areas including Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga at 10 p.m. and continue until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Residents in some parts of the San Fernando Valley were urged to bundle up ahead of a freeze warning that will begin at 1 a.m. Wednesday and continue until 9 a.m.

Gusty winds are creating havoc around the region as well.

The strong north winds that downed several trees and knocked out power to thousands on Monday will transition into a Santa Ana wind event on Tuesday, the Weather Service tweeted.

Gusts around 40 mph are still expected for parts of the San Fernando Valley and the Inland Empire until wind advisories expire later Tuesday.

Warmer conditions are expected to return later in the week.

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