A tree branch covered in ice. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in the Antelope Valley and mountain areas of Los Angeles County. Photo from Pixabay.
A tree branch covered in ice. Frigid weather will grip the Santa Monica Mountains and San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys again Wednesday morning. Photo from Pixabay.

Frigid weather will grip the Santa Monica Mountains and San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys Wednesday morning.

“A cold air mass remains in place over the region this morning, supporting near to below freezing low temperatures for many areas away from the coast,” according to a National Weather Service statement.

A freeze warning that had been issued for the San Fernando Valley was downgraded to a frost advisory, which will be in effect until 9 a.m. A freeze warning was also issued for the San Gabriel Valley, cancelled and not replaced.

But in the Santa Monicas and Santa Clarita Valley, a freeze warning will be in force until 9 a.m.

In Orange County, a frost advisory will be in force until 8 a.m.

A freeze warning means temperatures of between 29 and 32 degrees will prevail for two or more hours, requiring measures to protect crops and sensitive vegetation. Vulnerable animals and pets should be kept indoors in a house or barn. The less serious frost advisory means that frost is imminent and measures should betaken to protect sensitive outdoor plants, while pets are brought indoors.

Also scheduled until 9 a.m. is a small craft advisory, which means that hazardous sea conditions will exist for small vessels, and inexperienced mariners should stay out of the water.

Partly cloudy skies were forecast in L.A. County Wednesday, along with highs of 43 degrees on Mount Wilson; 52 in Palmdale; 53 in Lancaster; 56 in Saugus and Avalon; 58 in San Gabriel; 59 in Long Beach and Pasadena; 60 in Woodland Hills; and 61 in Burbank and downtown L.A. Temperatures will be about the same Thursday and Friday — snow showers are forecast at Mt. Wilson Thursday — but rise a few degrees under sunny skies Saturday. However, they’ll dip again amid showers on Tuesday.

Partly cloudy skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 56 in San Clemente; 59 in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo; 60 in Newport Beach; 61 in Irvine; and 62 in Yorba Linda; Fullerton and Anaheim. Temperatures will rise slightly Saturday through Monday but dip a few degrees Tuesday.

—City News Service

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