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Partly cloudy skies, cool temperatures expected for Oscar red carpet

February 26, 2012 | 10:49 am

Photo:  A large Oscar statue sits under plastic in Hollywood on Saturday. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA

Partly cloudy skies and cool 62-degree weather is expected for the Academy Awards red carpet arrival scheduled in Hollywood today at 4 p.m.

"We're expecting some scattered clouds, but nothing too overwhelming," National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet said. "At least it'll be dry, because no one wants their dress shrinking."

The winter storm in the forecast will not drop rain until after midnight. Sweet said raindrops could fall in some areas, with a slight chance of a thunderstorm. But only about a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

The big problem will be the wind. Mountains and deserts could see gusts of more than 50 mph, while the coast and valleys may see winds of 40 mph.

Snow showers could fall along the Grapevine Interstate 5 mountain pass and the Antelope Valley Freeway.

The weather will be even cooler on Monday, with highs in the 50s.

The Los Angeles Times' live coverage of the Academy Awards begins at 3 p.m. Pacific time at latimes.com. The red carpet arrivals will be broadcast beginning at 4 p.m., while the actual awards ceremony is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on KABC-TV Channel 7.


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Photo:  A large Oscar statue is protected by plastic in Hollywood on Saturday. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA