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UPDATED: Hold on to your (old silk) hat: High winds through Wednesday

National Weather Service extends high wind alert for the SCV

Posted: December 21, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2009 5:35 p.m.

UPDATED 5:40 p.m. Tuesday:
If you see a large man dressed in red and eight reindeer flying past your window Tuesday night, chances are Santa hasn't come early - it's probably your neighbor's Christmas decorations riding the 50-mph wind.

The National Weather Service has exteded its high wind warning through 3 a.m. Wednesday, as cooler temperatures settle into the Santa Clarita Valley and the rest of Southern California.

The service has also warned of sub-freezing temperatures Tuesday night, urging residents to take pets and sensitive plants indoors.

The service predicts winds will subside Wednesday afternoon, to between 13 mph and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Skies should be sunny with a high temperature near 58.

From original post, 5 a.m. Tuesday:
"It's a very energetic low-pressure area born and bred in the Gulf of Alaska," said weather specialist Bill Hoffer.

Icy and even snowy conditions at the Grapevine on Interstate 5 are expected into Tuesday night, Hoffer said.

Winds are more likely than rain for the Santa Clarita Valley.

"Any rainfall amounts expected with this system are expected to be fairly light," Hoffer said.

Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 53 today, with the thermometer dipping to 41 tonight.

Temperatures will creep upward as the week progresses, Hoffer said. The forecast for Christmas Eve is 60 degrees with Christmas Day expected to bring temperatures of 62, he said.

Another storm system will move in early next week, bringing the possibility of rain, Hoffer said.


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