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High winds, low temps bring damaging winter cold snap to La Cañada Flintridge

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La Cañada resident Logan Woods took advantage Sunday of a cold snap that brought low temperatures and high winds to portions of town, making “snowmen” out of hail. Wind gusts downed several trees and at least one power line, officials reported.
(Courtesy of Emily Woods)

A weekend cold snap hit La Cañada Flintridge Sunday, bringing rain and hail to some parts of town as high winds downed trees and at least one power line, keeping work crews busy Monday, city officials reported.

Wind gusts neared 60 mph throughout parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and brought near freezing overnight low temperatures to wind-sheltered areas Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday morning, weather officials issued a high-wind warning throughout the San Gabriel Valley, urging residents to take caution amid gusts that could reach 40 mph. That warning was extended through 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” the National Weather Forecast warning indicated. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”

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La Cañada residents largely weathered the windstorm, though by Monday morning several downed trees and limbs had been reported to the city’s Public Works Department, according to staffer Paddy Taber.

A city tree reportedly fell into the street near the intersection of Crown Avenue and Mero Lane, while another downed tree was called in near the juncture of Berkshire and Commonwealth avenues. On the 1200 block of Fernside Drive, a tree appeared to be leaning, and a tree reportedly fell onto the road on the 5300 block of Crown Avenue.

A report was made regarding a city-owned tree that fell in the driveway of a home on Monarch Drive, and downed limbs were observed on the 600 block of Georgian Road and the 4900 block of Hampton Road.

A downed wire near a home on La Cañada’s Ocean View Boulevard, north of Fairhurst Drive, was also reported.

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“Crews have been dispatched and are addressing all of the issues,” Taber told the Valley Sun on Monday.

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