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It’s going to feel a lot more like winter Thursday, with Southland temperatures expected to take a dramatic dip that has health officials warning residents in the coldest areas to take precautions.

National Weather Service forecasters said there’s a chance of light rain in some areas of Los Angeles County when the cold front moves in late Thursday into Friday.

“Temperatures will remain cool through Monday as another weak front moves through on Sunday with a chance of more precipitation,” according to the NWS.

Forecasters predicted a 50 percent chance of showers Thursday night in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Gabriel Valley, 40 percent in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and about 20 percent in the Antelope Valley.

The chances of rain are expected to linger into Friday, with conditions generally clearing Saturday before the second storm front moves in Sunday night.

Temperatures across the area are expected— to drop by about five to 10 degrees Thursday, with highs staying mostly in the 60s, but dipping into the 40s Thursday night — and down into the 30s in the Antelope Valley.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert for the Antelope Valley that will last through Monday. A similar alert will take effect Friday for Los Angeles County mountains and also remain in place until Monday, with wind-chill temperatures expected to drop below 32 degrees.

Seniors and other people in need of a place to keep warm can visit a winter shelter. A list of locations is available online through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority website at www.lahsa.org/winter_shelter_program, or by calling the 211 information line.

Health officials urged residents to protect themselves and others from the cold by:

— dressing in layers of warm clothing;

— wearing a hat, scarves, gloves and socks to protect extremities;

— offering help to neighbors without adequate heat;

— checking on senior citizens or others who are ill; and

— bringing pets inside overnight.

— City News Service 

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