Winter Weather Advisory For Local Mountains in Force Today

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A winter weather advisory indicating perilous travel conditions is in force in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 10 this morning.

The snow level will range between 2,500 and 3,500 feet, and between 1 and 3 inches of snow are expected amid north-to-northwest winds of between 20 and 35 miles per hour with 50-mph gusts, according to the National Weather Service.

``Plan on slippery road conditions,'' warned an NWS statement. ``Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.''

But an upper trough will exit the region this morning and scattered snow showers in the mountains will end, the NWS said. Otherwise, it will be cool and breezy today.

Additionally, northwest winds of about 15-25 mph are expected today in metropolitan Los Angeles and the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. Gusts of 35 mph are forecast in the San Fernando Valley, 40 mph in the Santa Clarita Valley and 45 mph in the Antelope Valley, where a wind advisory will be in effect until 9 tonight, forecasters said.

In the Santa Monica Mountain Recreational area, a freeze watch will be in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning, when temperatures will be between 29 and 32.

The NWS forecast a combination of partly cloudy and sunny skies in L.A. County today and highs of 42 degrees on Mount Wilson; 48 in Lancaster; 49 in Palmdale; 54 in Saugus; 57 in Avalon; 59 in San Gabriel; 60 in Pasadena and Burbank; 61 in Woodland Hills; and 62 in Downtown L.A., Long Beach and at LAX. Little change in temperature is expected in the coming days, but showers are in the forecast for Tuesday and rain for Thursday.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County today along with highs of 55 in San Clemente; 56 in Mission Viejo; 57 in Laguna Beach; 58 in Newport Beach; 60 in Irvine and Yorba Linda; and 61 in Fullerton and Anaheim. Temperatures will be mostly in the low sixties over the next several days but spike Monday, when it will reach 70 in Fullerton and Anaheim on Monday.

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