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Extreme cold to last through holiday weekend

December 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
It's going to be a frigid start to the New Year, with the extreme cold expected to last through the holiday weekend.The thermometer in Santa Clarita, one of many Southern California communities under a frost advisory on Friday morning, hovered at 31 degrees in the early morning hours.

Residents bundled up to deal with the cold temperatures, pulling out gloves, scarves and heavy jackets. Palmdale resident Glen Schroeder had his fur-lined ear-flaps hat on to keep warm, adding that he was used to cold weather because he was from the East Coast.

Strong winds have backed off, which has helped a lot with the cold weather.

In Hesperia, it was 39 degrees, but it felt a lot colder with the wind chill.

"I have a sweater and another sweater and gloves," said Angela Douglas of Adelato.

But as Southern California residents were shivering, those who were just visiting didn't think it was that cold.

"This ain't nothing, this is a great day here," said Bill Bailey of Missouri. "It always cracks me up when I see a lot of Californians look like their wrapped up like Nanook of the North."

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s in the high desert this weekend. The National Weather Service reminded the public to protect their plants, pets and pipes.