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Rainy, cloudy skies to give way to sun, warmer weather this week

October 23, 2012 |  7:48 am


A low-pressure system that brought showers to the Los Angeles area Tuesday morning will push out by the afternoon, clearing the way for drier weather and Santa Ana winds later this week.

A 20% chance of rain is forecast for the morning, giving way to partly cloudy skies through Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s to mid-70s across the Los Angeles area, according to David Sweet,a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Santa Ana winds are expected to sweep down from the northeast from Friday through Sunday, bringing higher temperatures and strong gusts. Temperatures are expected to climb to the mid-70s at the beaches and downtown Los Angeles and to the mid- to upper 80s inland.

Wind gusts could reach 40 mph to 50 mph, Sweet said.

“This is certainly a condition that would raise fire concerns because of the drying, warm temperatures and gusty winds,” he said.

A powerful storm that caused a tornado and dumped snow in Northern California on Monday was responsible for bringing rain and cooler temperatures to Southern California on Monday and Tuesday, forecasters said.

On Monday, the weather service received reports of tornadoes touching down in Sutter, Yuba and Butte counties. But the only confirmed tornado was near Yuba City in Sutter County, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, according to officials.

Some trees and power lines were toppled and structures were damaged by high winds in an area stretching east from Sacramento to the Sierra Nevada foothills, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The storm also dropped snow in the Sierra Nevada, forcing officials to close Interstate 80 on Monday night to trucks near Donner Lake, state transportation officials said.


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