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UPDATE: Cold, windy weather forecast for Southern California

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UPDATE 10:33 a.m.: Parts of Southern California are feeling the effects of gusty Santa Ana winds, according to the Associated Press.

The National Weather Service says the strongest of Thursday's northeast winds are in the mountains, and wind advisories have been posted for many areas from Ventura County south to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Among the highest gusts recorded since late Wednesday was a 63 mph blast in the Malibu hills.

The weather service says conditions could be hazardous for drivers of high-profile vehicles, and trees could be blown down because the ground is saturated from recent rains.

Forecasters say that after winds drop off later in the day the region will be in for another cold night.

Early Thursday, Lancaster came within a degree of tying its record low for the date, 12 degrees set in 1976.

PREVIOUSLY: Southland residents are waking up to cold temperatures and gusty winds that are forecast for most of the day Thursday.

The cold has many citrus growers across the state taking measures to preserve their crops.

A National Weather Service wind advisory, which means winds of 35 mph, will be in effect until 2 p.m. for the San Gabriel and  Santa Monica mountains, coastal areas, metropolitan Los  Angeles, the Hollywood Hills and both the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.

Expect clear skies for most of Southern California. Temperatures are forecast to be a few degrees warmer.

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