High winds and cold weather in store for SCV; advisories issued

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High winds and cold weather are expected for the Santa Clarita Valley throughout Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory until Monday at 9 p.m. and The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a cold weather alert for the Santa Clarita Valley through Monday.

“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer Jeffrey Gunzenhauser in a press release.

“Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”

On Sunday, winds are expected to blow between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts reaching around 50 miles per hour. Gusts are expected to reach 40 miles per hour Sunday night and 50 miles per hour Monday during the day according to the National Weather Service website.

The wind is expected to slow down Monday night, with gusts reaching up to 35 miles per hour.

On Sunday, the highs are expected to be between 50 and around 60 degrees with a low of 30 to around 40 degrees. Monday is expected to reach highs of around 60 degrees with lows of around 40 degrees.

With the wind chill factored in, the weather is expected to be below 32 degrees according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

There are some extra risks associated with driving in this wind, as Lt. Byron Wainie of the SCV Sheriff’s Station pointed out.

He says you should keep an eye on your speed and watch out for any debris in the road as well. High winds bring a higher risk of tumbleweeds and tree branches falling in the road.

“You just got to watch your speed,” said Lt. Wainie.

He suggests people drive the posted speed limit, maybe even a little under.

Also, it is important to keep the homeless in mind in this cold weather. There is a greater risk of injury when being without shelter as the weather cools down, especially at night.

Fortunately, Bridge to Home has opened up a winter shelter on Drayton Street in Saugus for those who are less fortunate.

For a full report of the weather, visit the National Weather Service website.

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