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High winds, cold temperatures will be followed by rain moving in on Saturday

December 30, 2010 |  7:44 am

Wind An evening of high winds and cold weather was followed by more of the same Thursday morning, with  temperatures expected to dip even lower Friday before more rain hits the region this weekend.

High wind gusts overnight hit 61 mph in Glendale and 90 mph in Angeles National Forest, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto. A high-wind advisory remains in effect along the coast until noon, which means winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph.

Click here for an interactive on west coast weather Authorities issued a high-wind warning for the mountains as well as for the San Gabriel, Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, with sustained winds of 35 to 50 mph and gusts of up to 80 mph. Those gusts will still measure up to 55 mph later Thursday afternoon. High-surf advisories have been issued along the coast.

In the Hollywood Hills, a tree fell on a house shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in the 3200 block of Hillock Drive, knocking down power lines, said Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. No one was hurt. 

Temperatures are unseasonably cool, especially in the mountains, but won’t set any records. The overnight lows were in the mid-40s along the coast, lower 40s in the valleys and the 20s in the mountains. The forecast highs Thursday also are cooler than normal: mid-50s along the coast, around 50 in the valleys and about 30 in the mountains.

Rainfall totals ending Wednesday ranged from one-half to three-quarters of an inch, and a little more in the mountains, which also received a fresh blanket of snow in the resort areas of Mountain High and Mt. Baldy.

Friday will be colder still, with frost in the valleys overnight, but no precipitation along the coast or in the valleys. Rain could move in again Saturday, potentially affecting the 122nd Rose Parade in Pasadena, although the parade-goers may have mostly chilly temperatures to endure.

The prospect of rain increases to 40% on Sunday, with snow levels dropping to 3,500 feet. Rain accumulation over the weekend could be half an inch. After some clearing, more rain could arrive around Tuesday.


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Photo: Los Angeles city parks and recreation worker William Sanchez climbs over a fallen eucalyptus tree Thursday morning on Riverside Drive in Los Feliz. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times