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Temperatures expected to rise after record-setting cold hits SoCal

December 20, 2012 |  5:51 am

Record-setting cold weather hit Southern California overnight, but forecasters said temperatures should rise Thursday -- after a chilly start, that is.

Frost and freeze warnings were in place until 9 a.m. for much of the region as temperatures in some areas dipped below freezing overnight. Interior valley areas saw some of the coldest temperatures, the National Weather Service said, with "widespread temperatures" below 28 degrees.

But so far, only one record has been set, said meteorologist Todd Hall with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Lancaster recorded a low of 14 degrees, one degree colder than a record set in 2006.

Hall said Southern Californians should see generally clear skies Thursday, with temperatures "warming up after a cool start this morning." Temperatures should reach the mid-60s and remain in that range through Friday, he said, though some areas could see frost again Thursday night.

Another series of storms is expected over the weekend, but for those keeping an eye on Dec. 25, you're in luck.

"Christmas is still looking dry," Hall said.

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