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Strong winds, cold weather, then warm weather expected this week

February 14, 2012 |  9:46 pm

Rain and snow were expected in some parts of Southern California
Strong  “sundowner” winds were predicted for Santa Barbara County on Tuesday night, one of several drastic weather changes expected during the next several days in Southern California, forecasters said.

The Santa Ana-like sundowner winds were predicted for the southern part of Santa Barbara County one day after light rain hit the area, the National Weather Service said.

On Wednesday, a low-pressure system was expected to bring light scattered showers and possible snow in mountain areas above 2,500 feet, according to the weather service. Less than 2 inches of snow was expected.

On Thursday, Southern California is expected to experience a warm-up, with possible Santa Ana winds across the area, the weather service said. The agency said wind gusts up to 60 mph are possible.

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Graphic provides an overview of weather expected Wednesday. Credit: National Weather Service

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