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On the heels of a strong two-day storm, the National Weather Service said Friday afternoon rain should continue off and on until at least midnight, along with strong winds in the Antelope Valley and winter-weather conditions in the San Gabriel Mountains.

There’s a slight chance of showers Saturday, then Sunday morning and again Sunday afternoon.

But there’s a ray of sunshine ahead, as no precipitation is expected in urban areas on Monday, Presidents Day.

In the Antelope Valley, a wind advisory heralding winds or gusts of 35 miles per hour will be in force until 10 Friday evening. Forecasters say southwest winds were experienced of 20 to 30 miles per hour Friday morning and gusts at 45 miles per hour through the evening. Isolated gusts of 55 miles per hour are possible in the foothills.

Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, broadcasters warned. This includes Highways 14 and 138, especially near the foothills, requiring extra caution. Motorists should be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.

The most violent weather Friday is expected to be in the San Gabriel Mountains in L.A. and Ventura counties. A winter weather advisory, which denotes dreadful travel conditions, will be in effect in the San Gabriels from 3 Friday afternoon until noon Saturday, with snow showers and gusty winds expected during that time.

Total snow accumulation of 4 to 7 inches is expected above 5,000 feet through midday Saturday, with accumulation of 2 inches expected at The Grapevine from Friday evening through Saturday morning. Also developing Friday are strong winds expected to gust at 45 miles per hour in the mountains Friday evening. Forecasters urge motorists to plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute, and reduced visibility.

The NWS forecast showers in L.A. County Friday, along with highs of 39 degrees on Mount Wilson; 50 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 52 in Saugus; 55 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; 56 in Avalon and Woodland Hills; 57 in Downtown L.A.; 58 in Downtown and at LAX; and 59 in Long Beach.

Showers were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 36 on Santiago Peak; 48 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 53 in Fremont Canyon; 54 in Trabuco Canyon; 56 in Yorba Linda; 59 in Anaheim and Mission Viejo; and 60 in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Fullerton.

As of Friday morning, showers are expected in L.A. County Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday but only on Sunday in Orange County, and that will include snow showers in such Orange County mountain locales as Santiago Peak.

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