Cold and windy conditions are expected to give way to warmer temperatures in SoCal

Cold, windy conditions Sunday night and early Monday led to downed trees in Los Angeles County and snow delays on the 5 Freeway through the Vineyard.

For the rest of the week, the weather should be warmer and milder, and the winds calmer, forecasters said.

The California Highway Patrol escorted traffic onto the Vine due to snow Sunday evening, Caltrans said in a Tweet.

High winds were detected across Southern California, including gusts of 40 mph at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes and 35 mph at Franklin Canyon in Los Angeles, according to National Weather Service data.

Trees fell in Palms, Santa Monica and Hollywood overnight, several cars were damaged.

Temperatures could be “closer to normal or maybe a little warmer than normal,” said Joe Sirard, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

This week’s forecast shows a high of 79 degrees on Thursday in Los Angeles, with lows around 50 degrees and a chance of rain on Saturday.

In Orange County, temperatures are expected to be similar, but strong winds could continue through Tuesday.

Forecasts for the Inland Empire — San Bernardino and Riverside counties — show high winds on Monday and Tuesday nights and lows in the 1930s.

Los Angeles Times

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