Winter weather is finally coming to the Santa Clarita Valley, according to county health officials. A cold front with freezing temperatures is expected to hit the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, and the surrounding areas throughout the week. Thursday’s forecast calls for a lows of 28 degrees Wednesday, 29 degrees Thursday, and night time lows in that neighborhood until Tuesday, according to the seven-day forecast. The County Interim Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Affected areas include:
- Antelope Valley – Wednesday, December 20 through Monday, December 25
- Los Angeles County Mountain areas – Wednesday, December 20 through Friday, December 22
- San Fernando Valley – Thursday, December 21 through Friday, December 22
- Pomona area – Thursday, December 21
- Santa Clarita Valley – Thursday, December 21
- Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors.
- Protect extremities from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks.
- Offer to help those in your neighborhood with limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently.
- During peak cold times, if you don’t have a heater in your home, visit indoor public facilities such as shopping malls, libraries or senior centers.
- If you have pets, bring them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight.
- If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home.
- Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.