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Heat wave will give way to high winds, rain on Tuesday

March 5, 2012 |  9:49 am

After the weekend heat wave, rain is expected
Angelenos can kiss the warm weekend weather goodbye and should prepare for high winds, rain and even some light snow by Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.  

As a storm moves in from the northwest, temperatures will begin cooling off Monday and drop about 20 degrees to highs in the 50s and 60s by Tuesday, the weather service said.  

The low pressure system carrying cold air will bring 30 to 45 mph winds to the Los Angeles County and Ventura County mountains and the Antelope Valley, said meteorologist David Sweet. Gusts could reach 65 mph, Sweet said, and a 12-hour high wind warning will take effect in the Antelope Valley on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Sweet also said a “very small amount” of snow could accumulate on the Grapevine and Soledad Pass and urged drivers to exercise caution until the storm passes by Wednesday.  

“The storm is moving fairly quickly,” Sweet said, “so it should be gone soon.”

Better weather could return as early as Thursday, Sweet said, with highs again approaching the 80s.  

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Photo: Beach goers enjoyed warm weather at Hermosa Beach on Sunday, but high winds and rain are in the forecast. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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