L.A. Party People, Prepare to Freeze Your Ass Off on New Year's Eve
File photo by Aimee Candelaria/L.A. Weekly
We hope you turn things up nice and hot when you party tonight, because the L.A. area could be looking at record cold temperatures.
In fact, with winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, the wind-chill factor could drive temps down to the sub-freezing reading of 0, says the National Weather Service. Really.
Along the Rose Parade route in Pasadena overnight, forecasters are predicting that the low temperature could match or even beat 1952's record of 32.
Brrr. Doesn't this weather know where it is?
NWS weather specialist Bonnie Bartling told us we can thank a system from the north that brought scattered showers and some mountain snow yesterday. "It's a very cold low pressure system sweeping down from Canada," she said.
The back end of this thing has wind and unusual chill, Bartling said.
Overnight winds are expected to blast at 25 to 40 miles per hour, with 60 mile-per-hour gusts possible, she said.
Freeze watches for much of L.A. County, particularly mountains and valleys, including the San Gabriel Valley, will be in effect from tonight through Thursday morning, Bartling said.
The overnight low temperature in downtown Los Angeles is expected to be 42. For the valleys, including the San Gabriel Valley, we could be looking at a near-freezing 33. Long Beach could see 37, according to the NWS.
Highs for New Year's Day would mostly be in the 50s, maybe even the low 50s for some valleys, Bartling told us.
The San Gabriel Mountains, which were expected to get up to 4 inches of snow as low as 2,000 feet early this morning, could beckon with fairly fresh powder on New Year's Day. Just be careful. The NWS warns of " bitter cold wind chill readings in the mountains."
"If anyone's going to travel in the L.A. mountains, be prepared," Bartling said. "Bring emergency supplies, chains, water, extra clothing. Protect your pets, vegetation and live stock."
And bundle up.
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