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Alaskan chill visits SCV

Posted: November 26, 2010 9:50 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

A cold, wet low-pressure front on its way from Alaska to Santa Clarita Valley carries with it the threat of frost and rain this weekend and a reminder that winter is on its way.|

A frost advisory has been issued Friday for the Santa Clarita Valley by National Weather Service experts monitoring the front’s north-to-south movement.

Asked if this would be a good time to stay by the fire, watch some football and eat plenty of Thanksgiving leftovers, weather-service spokesman Bill Hoffer said: “You betcha.”

“There’s a fast-moving cold front on its way,” he explained, pausing on the phone to look at maps at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Oxnard.

“There’s a frost advisory beginning Friday night and into Saturday morning,” he said, noting similar freezing temperatures are possible for Saturday and Sunday nights.

“Frost is possible,” Hoffer said.

This weekend’s low-pressure front is expected to bring frigid air into Santa Clarita Valley on the heels of a low-pressure system that just left our area.

Temperatures are expected to dip to as low as 30 degrees and not get about the freezing point of 32 at night, Hoffer said.

“Wherever you have animals or pets outside, it’s best to bring them in,” he added. “If you have orange trees, you might
want to pick those trees tonight.”

A wind advisory called for our area was canceled late Friday.

However, Santa Clarita Valley can still expect between a quarter-inch and 1/10 inch of rain this weekend with a 40-percent chance of rain Saturday night, and a 20-percent chance Sunday morning.

The same weekend forecast poses a great threat to citrus growers in Ventura County, where overnight temperatures are expected to stay under the freezing point in areas from Piru to Ventura.

Saturday in the Santa Clarita Valley is expected to be partly cloudy with a daytime high of 60 degrees and winds between 10 and 20 mph.

Sunday is expected to be a bit more breezy with highs in the upper 50s and winds between 15 and 25 mph, gusting to 35 mph at times.

The cold front is expected to be particularly painful for the homeless this weekend, as it moves in four or five days ahead of the Santa Clarita Valley Homeless Shelter opening its doors.

“We don’t open our doors until Dec. 1,” said shelter director Tim Davis.

“The nearest shelter is in Lancaster, which opened Nov. 1,” he said. “The nearest one after that is with L.A. Family Housing on Lankershim.”

For the past 14 years, the Homeless shelter in Santa Clarita Valley, on Drayton Street off of Railroad Avenue, a couple blocks southeast of the Saugus Café, has been providing a warm overnight place for the homeless to stay.

“We’re already sold out for meals on all our nights, all 105 nights,” Davis said.

Anyone wanting to help out can learn more about the shelter by going to their website www.santaclaritashelter.com.

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