The National Weather Service forecasted wind and cold temperatures in the region for Monday night and Tuesday morning.
A “high wind warning” was issued for the Santa Clarita Valley, which went into effect on Monday at 3:40 p.m. and was to last until Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.
Robbie Munroe, meteorologist for the NWS’s Oxnard Station, described the system as an “inside slider” and assured The Signal it was, in fact, not a baseball reference.
“That’s a term we use fairly regularly to describe a mostly dry trough of low pressure,” said Munroe. “Because basically its path takes it mostly overland, or on the inside of land, I guess you could say.”
The inside slider brings wind from the north that, in dry and fire-prone times such as summer, could create red flag conditions — which it still does. The SCV Sheriff’s Station warned that winds gusting between 30 to 50 mph could cause an increased risk of fire.
Accompanying the winds were a 50% chance of an inch of snow to the Tejon Pass and Interstate 5 corridor, which did fall — prompting the California Highway Patrol to escort drivers through the pass on Monday morning. Snow levels were expected to drop to approximately 2,500 feet, with the chance of snow in the Tejon Pass continuing through to Tuesday.
Whether it’s snow or wind, Munroe said either could make for dangerous driving conditions and that residents should take caution as the system passes over.
“With a wind of that strength, these could be very dangerous driving conditions — especially where winds are across the road,” said Munroe. “We do expect there’ll be some areas of blowing dust or sand across the Antelope Valley and where it does snow, you could have blowing snow — further reducing visibility in some of those mountain roads.”
Temperatures were forecasted as low as 38 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday night and 38 degrees again on Tuesday night. High temperatures were forecasted to be at 55 degrees and 60 degrees on those days, respectively.
The cold temperatures prompted a cold weather alert from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which will extend until Wednesday.
Munroe said wind conditions would start improving by Monday night and even more so by Tuesday, with light gusts continuing until Thursday.