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Balmy weather expected on Christmas Day

December 23, 2011 |  7:39 am

Christmas in Southern California definitely will not be white this year.

In fact, it's beginning to feel a lot like springtime. Weather forecasters are predicting that temperatures should reach a high of 78 degrees by Christmas Day.

They're also saying the Santa Ana winds that knocked out power to about 1,400 Southern California Edison customers Thursday -- the majority of them in Garden Grove, Stanton and San Bernardino -- should subside by Friday afternoon.

That's good news for the millions of travelers expected to hit the roads for holiday travel. The Automobile Club of Southern California predicted that 7.13 million local residents will take end-of-year holiday trips, a 1.4% increase over last year. Statewide, 11.4 million were expected to travel.

The most popular holiday travel destinations for Southern Californians, in order of popularity, were expected to be Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and Disneyland.

Los Angeles International Airport expected 2.9 million passengers to pass through LAX during the holiday season; officials warned of congestion at the airport.


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