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Blustery day snaps branches

Winds blow through SCV with gusts of up to 40 mph, bringing some snow to northern L.A. County

Posted: April 1, 2012 6:40 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2012 6:40 p.m.

April Fool’s Day was a blustery, branch-snapping windy day — no fooling.

A wind advisory was issued for the Santa Clarita Valley by officials at the National Weather Service in Oxnard Sunday and is expected to remain in place until 2 p.m. Monday.

Winds out of the north whipped through Santa Clarita Valley at between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

“Fifteen to 20 miles per hour we consider a fresh breeze, shaking small trees,” he said. “When you get winds up to 40 miles per hour it can break twigs off of trees and impede your progress as you walk.”

Officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported having received no calls for downed trees.

However, broken branches, leaves, twigs and tumbleweeds were prevalent on many local streets Sunday.

The highest reported gusts in Santa Clarita Valley measured 42 miles per hour Sunday.

The winds are expected to continue their intensity throughout the day today, shifting in direction from north to northeast, and expected to begin tapering off by tonight, Seto said.

Accumulating snow at elevations above 4,500 feet prompted the NWS to issue a winter weather advisory for the mountains of northern LA County.

The California Highway Patrol said vehicles were getting stuck in heavy snowdrifts west of Frazier Park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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