Public health officials issued a cold weather alert for the Antelope Valley and other parts of Los Angeles County, where overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Monday and throughout the week.
The alert is in effect Monday, Nov. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Antelope Valley, according to a news release from Los Angeles County.
“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside. There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Residents are also urged to frequently check on and help family members, friends and neighbors with limited mobility and limited access to heat, such as seniors and those who are ill, and to avoid leaving pets outdoors overnight. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available for those who need shelter. Locations and transportation information are online at www.lahsa.org/ or through the L.A. County Information line by calling 211.
Winds out of the west are expected to be between 20 and 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale, prompting a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to midnight on Monday, Nov. 28.
Gusty winds and reduced visibility from dust can make driving difficult. The NWS says travel may be affected on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway and Highway 138, especially near the foothills.