Califonia shivers through coldest weather in 23 years

SoCal Shivers Amid Record Cold Temperatures

KTLA | Jan 14, 2013

by Kellan Connor

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Southland continues to cope with cold temperatures and gusty winds, which are expected to stick around through Tuesday.

Temperatures in downtown L.A. dropped to their coldest point in 23 years Monday morning, hitting 34 degrees, a record low for the date, the National Weather Service said.

The mercury dipped even lower elsewhere, hitting 31 degrees in Redondo Beach, 29 in Claremont and 14 in Lancaster.

The chilly conditions are the result of a cold air mass that came in last week from Canada, which combined with high pressure in the Pacific and low pressure toward Arizona.

The result has been clear, cold nights and dry air, NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto said.

Freeze warnings and frost advisories were issued overnight Monday for much of the Southland.

Forecasters warned that pets should be kept indoors, and sensitive plants or crops could be damaged or killed.

Several record lows have been set over the past few days, including 35 degrees in downtown on Sunday and 33 degrees at Camarillo Airport, which tied the record.

In addition to the chilly temperatures, many parts of Southern California are also dealing with strong winds.

A high wind warning is in effect through 2 p.m. Tuesday for the Orange County coast and the valleys of the Inland Empire.

The Santa Clarita Valley, the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills, and the Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains are also affected.

A wind advisory remains in effect through noon on Tuesday for the San Fernando Valley and the Ventura County coastal and interior valleys.

Gusty winds of 35 to 50 mph are possible in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, as well as along the coast.

Mountain areas could see gusts up to 60 mph, according to the NWS. The strongest winds are expected to develop midday Monday and last through Tuesday.

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