Southern California cold snap brings freeze, wind

A cold snap that moved into Southern California over the weekend briefly closed the I-5 through Tejon Pass. Roads are expected to be open Monday, but high winds are expected. (Casey Christie / The Bakersfield Californian)

Cold temperatures continue to grip Southern California even as roads through the Los Angeles area remain clear of major trouble, authorities said Sunday.

Overnight lows for downtown Los Angeles are forecast to be 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Frost advisories have been issued in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, where some areas will see temperatures close to freezing. The coldest snaps are expected in high desert areas: Lancaster will hit 14 degrees and Palmdale will dip down to 10 degrees.

“We have some cold weather on the way tonight and the next couple nights as well, but tonight will probably be the coldest,” Sukup Scott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said Sunday.

Winds will start to pick up in the early morning hours, resulting in a high wind warning for the Santa Clarita Valley in the Santa Monica mountains.

“We’ll see those Santa Ana conditions start to develop,” Scott said. Highs for Monday will reach the mid-50s to near 60 for most areas.

Interstate 5 at the Grapevine had been reopened Saturday after a winter storm deposited snow on the roadway. At the time, CHP officers escorted dozens of cars through the treacherous Tejon Pass, often at speeds lower than 35 mph.

Now, “watching all the freeways, it’s just normal traffic,” CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.

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