LOS ANGELES - With gusty Santa Ana winds dying down tonight in the Southland, warmer temperatures were expected just before a chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
A wind advisory issued to indicate winds of 35 miles per hour was in effect until 2 p.m. across much of the region -- both the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the coast, downtown and the rest of metropolitan Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills and both the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, but that warning was allowed to expire, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
"Winds are still about 15 and 25 and gusty, but they are not strong enough or widespread enough to cause concern," Seto said.
In Orange County, the advisory was scheduled to expire at 10 p.m.
A more serious high wind warning had been in force in the mountains but was canceled Wednesday night. Gusts in the mountain regions were approximately 35 mph, Seto said, adding "It will still be chilly though."
"Since the ground is saturated from the recent rains and the soils are loosened, residents need to be aware of the possibility of trees being blown down which could cause additional property damage," according to a weather service advisory.
In Burbank, a tree fell in the 1100 block of North Reese Place early this morning, knocking down power lines, which caused scattered outages in the area, Burbank police Lt. Eric Deroian said.
Overnight, the weather service recorded wind gusts of between 40 and 51 mph in the Los Angeles County portion of the San Gabriel Mountains. In the Malibu Hills, 63-mph gusts were recorded this morning.
Along with their capacity to knock things down, "gusty cross winds can create hazardous driving conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles," the weather service advisory noted. The gusty winds were expected to continue into tomorrow morning, but there were no frost advisories in Los Angeles County, Seto said.
"Tomorrow it will be warmer, about 69 downtown," Seto said, indicating warmer temperatures were on their way. "The forecast is 68 for Saturday, then we have a low-pressure system approaching, so there is a slight chance for precipitation Sunday and Monday."
The showers are expected to end with warmer temperatures returning Tuesday and Wednesday, then another chance for rain by next Thursday afternoon, Seto said.