Strong winds and subfreezing temperatures are expected in inland and mountain areas across Southern California on Thursday in the wake of a winter storm that dumped snow and rain on the region.
Temperatures are expected to range from the upper 20s to low 30s from interior valleys in San Luis Obispo County to the Antelope, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys in Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.
The frigid temperatures are a result of a cold, dry air mass. The agency said crops, sensitive vegetation and animals need to be protected. Frost advisories were issued for inland valley areas from the Central Coast to the San Gabriel Valley.
Powerful northwest winds were blowing Wednesday night and gusts were expected to hit 50 mph to 60 mph in mountains in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, forecasters said.
On Wednesday morning, ice and snow blanketed mountain areas, forcing the California Highway Patrol to temporarily close Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area.
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Photo: Sheley Roberts shovels snow in a parking lot Wednesday at Lake of the Woods in Kern County. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times