Southern California's week of cold weather will continue into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The chilly temperatures are the result of a dry, cold air mass that descended on the region after weekend storms moved out.
Kathy Hoxsie, of the National Weather Service, told KPCC that there is a freeze watch for the Ventura County Interior valleys for Thursday. Other areas around the region will have cold temperatures as well. Freezing temperatures risk harm to pets, livestock and sensitive vegetation, forecasters say.
Just before dawn on Wednesday, the temperature in Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, was 19 degrees. Overnight freeze warnings were issued for the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast counties.
Hoxsie is predicting warmer weather for the area on Friday and Saturday.
“Ahead of a storm, it’s typical to get a good warm-up, and then the cold air comes in behind that cold front. It will be cold again next week, but not as cold as it was this past week," she said.
Even with the chilly weather, Hoxsie is hopeful colder temperatures will continue.
“We really want that cold, because it keeps the precipitation falling as snow on the mountains. When you get too much rain that falls all at once, it gets washed out,” Hoxsie said.
This story has been updated.