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Blow the man down: Wednesday winds to bully LA mountains, desert, I-5 corridor

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Furious winds got the best of 50 power poles overnight in the Antelope Valley. Southern California Edison says it could take days to replace them, however only four Lancaster residents experienced a service interruption, said spokesman Daniel Brady.

The Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley remain in high-wind-warning mode, and the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are on alert through early Thursday morning, says the National Weather Service.

Gusts reached 65 mph on Tuesday in some areas. Forecasters warn that the next round of Wednesday winds may bring even beefier blasts. The strongest blows are expected to bully L.A. mountains and the I-5 corridor. 

NWS urges driver caution in mountain regions, and in desert areas where blowing sand could be an additional issue.

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Tuesday triggers a week of toasty temperatures

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Tuesday will bloom from gloom to broil as the warmest temperatures of the week are set to start this afternoon, says the National Weather Service.

Expect a high of about 82 degrees today around the Greater Los Angeles area, a high of 83 degrees on Wednesday, and temperatures staying toasty in the mid- to upper 70s for the rest of the work week.

By the weekend it's back to the future with temperatures returning to the 80s on Saturday and Sunday, with a scene by the sea that's set for slightly cooler coastal air.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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From spritz to storm: April flushes out with heavy rain midweek

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A good week to collect pennies from heaven, Monday's misty drizzle will be paying out riches as a late season Pacific storm enters the area on Wednesday, notes the National Weather Service. Coin machines across the region jangle with anticipation.

The storm is expected to speckle the Southland beginning Wednesday morning, with the strongest downpours forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Snow levels will drop to between 6,000-7,000 feet and NWS predicts a slight chance of thunderstorms.

Until the storm passes on Thursday, temperature highs are expected to hover in the 60s and 70s.


 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


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California storm to make guest appearance at Coachella

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An electrifying weather event (that struck a jet with lightning as it was leaving San Francisco Thursday night) is making a stopover in Southern California.

Some parts of the state will get the full wrath experience with lightning, hail, and gale-force winds on Friday, while others will see scattered showers and snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In Indio, where tens of thousands are gathering for the first of two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the temperature is expected to get low, and blow, thanks to some wind accompaniment.

Happy Friday the 13th, rockers.

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Pacific storms pace toward Los Angeles, packing precipitation

Severe Rain Storms Continue To Threaten The Los Angeles Area

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A pair of Pacific storms are pacing toward the Southland this week with the possibility of snow, gusty winds, and raindrops in the region.

According to the National Weather Service, sections of L.A. could see rain after midnight tonight, with scattered showers into Wednesday. The snow level is expected around 4,500 ft., with four to eight inches of accumulation possible above 6,000 ft.

Blowing snow and zero visibility warnings prompted a winter weather travel advisory, and NWS forecasters say local mountain areas should be on alert from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Depending on the system's trajectory, a followup event is possible later in the week when the sky stands to pour precipitation Thursday night into Friday, with more wind and snow possible.

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