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Cold weather brings snow, strong winds to Southern California

January 10, 2013 |  6:04 am
 Dark clouds roll through downtown Los Angeles bringing scattered showers. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A cold front from Canada has settled in Southern California, bringing snow flurries and low temperatures forecasters said should stick around for days.

Temperatures were expected to stay in the 50s across much of the region on Thursday, warming slightly throughout the day but staying chilly, said meteorologist Cathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Downtown Los Angeles was expected to top out at 56 degrees, with temperatures in the low- to mid-50s anticipated in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

Light, very scattered showers were forecast throughout the day, and snow levels could fall as low as 2,000 feet, the National Weather Service said. California Highway Patrol reported sticking snow along the Grapevine early Thursday morning, and officers paced traffic across the freeway.

The cold front also ushered in strong winds (gusts up to 60 mph were predicted for mountain and high desert areas) and tides (Hoxsie said high tides would hover around 7 feet through Saturday).

But the cold snap won't go anywhere anytime soon, Hoxsie said. Chilly temperatures were expected through the weekend, with Saturday morning the coldest on the calendar. Then, Hoxie said, temperatures in Los Angeles could drop to the upper 30s, with the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys dipping farther to the mid-30s.

But even those predictions "seem a little warm," Hoxie said, adding that she "wouldn't be surprised" if the forecast was adjusted to lower temperatures.

"Saturday morning is probably going to be pretty darn cold," Hoxsie said.

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Photo: Dark clouds roll through downtown Los Angeles bringing scattered showers. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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