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Cold Snap Looms as Gusts Buffet Mountains on Winter's Chilly First Saturday

The first full weekend of winter got off to a chilly, windy start as gusts rushed through Southern California mountain passes and a frost advisory was issued in the Inland Empire.

Winds gusts above 45 miles per hour lashed Los Angeles and Ventura counties in the morning hours, but no wind-related power outages were reported by large utilities.

Wind advisories were issued through Saturday morning for the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills, Riverside County valleys and Orange County coast, according to the National Weather Service.

The fastest recorded gusts blew through Chilao at 51 mph, while Cheeseboro Canyon, near the Agoura Ridge, and Camp Nine above Pacoima saw 49 mph gusts.

It was also windy in the San Fernando Valley, with a peak gust of 28 mph reported at Van Nuys.

The wind helped alleviate some cold temperatures Saturday morning, which were in the 30s in some places, NBC4' meteorologist David Biggar said. The national Weather Service issued a frost advisory for parts of Riverside County Saturday morning.

"If you had some wind, it actually started off in the 50s," Biggar said.

Winds would be gone for Sunday morning, though, dropping temperatures further as a cold snap, forecasted to last at least through New Years Day, settles in.

“The frost advisory was issued due to the cold front that followed the last storm to hit the area,” NWS spokesman Mike Watkins told the San Bernardino Sun. “It’s turning out to be a very nice weekend for Southern Californians.”

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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