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Gusty winds whip parts of Southern California

January 3, 2013 |  6:39 am

Gusty winds whipping across parts of Southern California on Thursday were expected to increase throughout the morning but won't be as strong as initially anticipated, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for "wind-prone" parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties — mountain ranges, Ventura County valley areas, the San Fernando Valley and coastal areas between Malibu and the Hollywood Hills through 2 p.m. Thursday.

However, meteorologist Curt Kaplan said the advisory could be lifted earlier if the gusts do not strengthen as expected.

Malibu Hills had the highest wind speeds, with gusts reaching 63 mph overnight, the National Weather Service reported, but other peak gusts were in the 30-40 mph range. Kaplan said early Thursday morning that the winds were "below advisory levels" in many places.

"Right now, we're not seeing too much," he said.

Much of the region will see clear skies and temperatures in the 60s, Kaplan said. Woodland Hills, downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach were all expected to top out at 67 degrees.

Colder temperatures were still expected overnight — Kaplan said the coldest would hit below-freezing levels in the Antelope Valley. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold-weather advisory through Sunday, warning of wind chill temperatures hitting the 20s and 30s in the Santa Clarita Valley and Mount Wilson areas, and in the 10s and 20s in Lancaster.

Kaplan said the weather would "continue to be nice" through the end of the week, but a slight chance of showers was expected beginning Sunday.

"It's not much, really, to write home about, but enough to get the ground wet," he said.

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