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Clear skies, cool weather expected through weekend

December 23, 2009 |  5:24 pm

The high winds are gone and mostly clear skies are expected through the Christmas weekend in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas, forecasters said.

But a frost advisory remains in effect until late tonight and continuing into Thursday along the Santa Barbara coast and interior valley of Ventura County, said Bill Hoffer of the National Weather Service.

Tonight’s forecast calls for clear skies throughout the region, with temperatures in the low 40s. On Thursday, sunny skies are expected with a high in the mid-60s.

Christmas Day will be mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-60s. Moving into the weekend, much of the region is expected to see cloudy skies and about a 20% chance of rain.

For residents near the Angeles National Forest where the massive Station fire charred vast expanses of the San Gabriel Mountains, today’s clearing was a welcome relief from the harsh winds that kicked up the ashes from the burn areas. The blaze, which blackened 250 square miles, was the largest fire in county history.

“Yesterday it was like a dust storm,” said Jane Shaw, a horse trainer in Big Tujunga Canyon. “You get ash in your ears, eyes, up your nose. If you were riding into the wind, it would actually slow you and the horse down.”

A wind advisory expired at 3 p.m. today for the Los Angeles County and Ventura County mountains. 

Christopher Combs, 21, of Sunland took a break from Christmas errands to drive up to the mountains, hoping to set up a telescope for viewing tonight.

“Since it’s [been] windy, there are no clouds,” he said. “So it’s great for looking at the galaxies.”

—Ching-Ching Ni