SANTA MONICA, CA — Winter weather is coming. Wind, showers and thunderstorms are expected to hit the Southland overnight and early Wednesday.
A winter weather advisory is in effect through noon Wednesday for Los Angeles County. Forecasters said the mountains, including the Antelope Valley, could see snow accumulating up to 3 inches, with 5 inches possible in some localized areas and the snow level falling as low as 2,000 feet by Wednesday morning.
The snowy conditions will be accompanied by winds gusting up to 45 mph. People are advised to use caution while driving.
“This will be the coldest storm that we have seen so far this winter season, with the potential for widespread snow/ice impacts across many of our lower elevation passes which could make for difficult travel with potential delays or road closures,” according to the NWS.
Forecasters said the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway could be impacted by snow and ice, as well as the Golden State (5) Freeway from the Grapevine to Castaic.
The Antelope Valley could receive as much as an inch of snow on the valley floor, with up to 2 inches falling in the foothills. Winds will also gust through that area, reaching up to 50 mph.
A wind advisory that was expected to be in effect until 10 pm Tuesday in the Antelope Valley was instead canceled shortly after 3 pm But a wind advisory will remain in effect until 6 pm in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and the coastal region stretching into Downtown Los Angeles.
In Orange County, a wind advisory will also be in place until 6 pm for Orange County coastal and inland areas, while a winter weather advisory will be in effect until noon Wednesday in the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills.
Forecasters said cold conditions will continue through Wednesday, with three weather expected on Thursday, along with a slight warming trend that will last into the weekend.
Here’s the forecast for Santa Monica:
Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10 pm and 4 am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 am Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 10 am Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
– City News Service and Patch Editor Nicole Charky contributed to this report.