Record High Temps, And Now Snow's Possible for Thanksgiving?

After this strange stretch of November heat, a low-pressure system will cool things off and bring us proper fall-like temperatures.

But will it snow in local mountains? It's possible.

Yesterday a high of 85 in downtown Los Angeles helped set a new record: DTLA has had more days in 2015 — 162 — of temperatures 80 degrees or higher than in any other year recorded, the National Weather Service says.

In 1958 downtown had 161 such days.

Long Beach set high-temp records for each date on Saturday (90) and Sunday (88), the NWS said. LAX set a record for the date Saturday with a high of 89.

The weather service said in a statement we will transition tonight from "warm offshore weather" to "sharply colder and somewhat unsettled weather" as a low-pressure system moves moves down from Northern California.

A Tuesday night cold front could bring precipitation to SoCal's northernmost mountains, with snow levels down to 4,500 feet overnight and then even lower, possibly to 3,500 feet, Wednesday, federal forecasters said.

"Perhaps an inch of snow [is] possible in some areas," the NWS statement says.

Gusty winds were expected in "higher terrain" and in the Antelope Valley Tuesday night through Wednesday, they said.

In the basin, however, "turkey day and Friday should be mostly clear across the region," according to the service.

The folks at private forecasting service AccuWeather are also calling for "rain-free weather" through the end of the month.

"A disturbance passing just north of Los Angeles will deliver some clouds to the area as well as some showers over the higher terrain," the forecaster says.

We can also expect "a noticeable drop in temperature," with highs in the 60s, which is below our low-70s norm for this time of year, by Wednesday, AccuWeather said.

Some models are calling for moisture Saturday. The NWS calls the possibility a "low confidence forecast."

And, just to keep things as weird as they've been all year, the service says a "fairly strong tropical system" is developing off the coast of Mexico.

Precipitation should remain "well south of the area," the NWS says, but it's "pretty unusual to be talking about hurricanes around Thanksgiving." 

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