The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert for residents in valley and mountains areas, saying wind chill temperatures are expected to fall below 32 degrees.

The alert for the San Fernando Valley runs through Thursday; for the East San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys through Friday; and for the Antelope Valley and mountain areas through Saturday.

Residents were urged to dress in layers, protect extremities by wearing hats and gloves, bring pets indoors at night and avoid using stoves, barbecues or ovens for heat.

“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said interim Health Officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”

A winter shelter program is also in effect, offering locations for people to keep warm. Information is available online at www.lahsa.org/winter_shelter_program.

–City News Service

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