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Bitter cold grips Southern California

December 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The high winds in Southern California are causing dangerous conditions for drivers heading up to higher elevations. Many out-of-towners from around the world descend on Pasadena for the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade expecting sunny days and warm nights in Southern California.

Many on Thursday night were disappointed, some made do, as chilly temps and strong wind swept through the streets of downtown Pasadena.

In the Antelope Valley, the temperatures dipped into the 30s.

"It's so cold, and I'm from Detroit," said Robin Jefferson of Palmdale. "My family is coming in and I know they wanted some warm weather."

The California Highway Patrol said drivers driving the Grapevine Thursday can expect gusts of 50 mph.

The wind caused damage across Southern California. A tree fell on a car overnight in Atwater Village. Another tree came down in North Hollywood, knocking down power lines.

The CHP had to escort drivers through Gorman Wednesday night because of wind and snow. Some drivers had to pull over to clean the ice off their windshields.

"Being defensive in how you drive is the best thing to do. Because you've got to watch out from your behind. That's the one that's going to kill you," said driver Benny Cuevas of San Diego.

Drivers heading up to the Cajon Pass will also have to deal with strong gusts. The winds tend to pick up in higher elevations.

Drivers, especially those in high-profile vehicles, were urged to take it slow on the roads.


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