Frost on leaves
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Public health officials issued a cold weather alert for parts of Los Angeles County, where overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Monday and throughout the week.

The alert is in effect Monday through Thursday in Lancaster, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Santa Clarita Valley, and Monday through Friday at Mount Wilson.

“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside. There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Residents were also urged to frequently check on and help family members, friends and neighbors with limited mobility and limited access to heat, such as seniors and those who are ill, and to avoid leaving pets outdoors overnight.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available for those who need shelter. Locations and transportation information are online at www.lahsa.org/ or through the L.A. County Information line by calling 211.

A wind advisory is in effect for parts of Los Angeles County from 3 p.m. Monday until noon Tuesday.

Southwest winds from 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph are expected in Los Angeles County mountains, Mount Pinos, Acton and Mount Wilson. Winds will shift to northwest and increasing to 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph Monday night.

Winds out of the west are expected to be between 20 and 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale, prompting a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday.

Gusty winds and reduced visibility from dust can make driving difficult. The NWS says travel may be affected on Highway 14 and Highway 138, especially near the foothills.

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