L.A. County expected to see cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and possibly rain next week, with winds forecasted up to 40 miles per hour. And with the mercury plunging in the low 40s across the Los Angeles area through the weekend, forecasters said they were prepared for more than just a break from chilly weather.
“I think the biggest challenge is that there’s a little more than 60 days of actual cold this winter, which will keep us in a period of cold for a long, long time,” said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of the Midwest and Great Lakes. “The question is whether the cold can stick around for a couple of weeks. We think it’s a little short-lived, and it’s a little brief.”
As for the weekend, forecasters said they expect temperatures to fall into the mid to upper 60s by the end of the work week, with a top forecast of 73 degrees. Friday’s forecast of 83 degrees is a good start to the weekend to get the day off to a nice start, forecasters said.
“We’ve had some of the coldest, snowiest, wettest, windiest, coldest days in quite some time,” said Weather Channel meteorologist Jack Miller. “The next couple of days should be somewhat of a break from those and give us some much-needed breaks.”
Winter Weather Advisories in effect
The Weather Channel issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of Orange County through the Friday morning — just three hours before the expected start of the workweek.
“The coldest temperatures are likely this week,” the Weather Channel said. “Chances for snow are increasing but the amount is still slight, if any.”
Los Angeles also saw a Winter Weather Advisory from the Weather Channel for the day after Thanksgiving — four days into the workweek.
“The coldest weather is predicted for the rest of next