Storm Brings Rain, Cold and High Wind Warning to Southern California

A high wind warning will go into effect Tuesday afternoon in LA and Ventura counties

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Rain arrived early Tuesday, and wind gusts might lead to dangerous driving conditions this evening in the mountains. Elita Loresca has the forecast for Dec. 18, 2012. (Published Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012)

    Strong wind gusts are expected Tuesday evening after another storm system moved into the region overnight and brought rain, snow and cold to Southern California.

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    Snow, ice and gusty winds are possible in mountains and the Grapevine section of the 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles.

    "The winds behind this will play a big part in our weather story," said NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca.

    A high wind warning will be in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. The warning indicates winds of at least 40 mph or gusting to 58 mph.

    Sixty-five mph gusts and sustained northwest winds of between 25 and 40  mph will sweep through the San Gabriel Mountains until early Wednesday, according to NWS  forecasters.

    A less severe wind advisory, indicating that gusts of 35 mph or more are expected, will be in effect from noon until midnight in the Antelope Valley, from 4 p.m. until  7 a.m. Wednesday in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area and the Santa Clarita Valley, and from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley.

    Snow levels will drop to around 3,000 feet Tuesday night.

    "We're seeing very poor visibilities in our mountain areas," said Loresca.

    Showers moved in overnight, and several single-vehicle crashes were reported on LA and Orange county freeways early Tuesday. At last four vehicles were involved in a crash on the westbound 10 Freeway at Overland Avenue and downed utility pole blocked traffic after a crash on the southbound 5 Freeway near the 55 Freeway in the Santa Ana area.

    Tuesday's Temperatures

    40 on Mount Wilson
    49 in Palmdale
    50  in Lancaster
    53 in Avalon and Saugus
    57 in Burbank
    58 in Pasadena and San  Gabriel
    59 in Anaheim and Woodland Hills
    60 in Long Beach and at LAX
    61 in  downtown LA
    62 in Newport Beach

    Expect similar temperatures Wednesday with clear skies. Dry conditions are expected Wednesday through late Friday, when a weak weather system will approach the region, according to the National Weather Service.