The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert for the mountains Tuesday evening through Sunday, for the Antelope Valley Wednesday through Saturday, and for the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday and Friday.
Health officials said wind chill temperatures in those areas could be below 32 degrees. Residents are 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 Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county’s interim health officer. “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.
— City News Service
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