The Santa Clarita Valley has been issued a Cold Weather Alert for Monday and Tuesday, with “Operation Snowflake” underway in the Grapevine pass in preparation for snow affecting travelers, according to officials.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Cold Weather Alert for the Santa Clarita Valley on Sunday, warning residents to dress in warm layers and to shelter if possible.
“Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit,” reads an official statement from L.A. County Department of Public Health (LADPH). “People exposed to extremely cold weather conditions, such as places where it snows and where freezing occurs, may be at risk of frostbite.”
Overnight Sunday, a small layer of snow fell on parts of Castaic. Cal-Trans District 7 expects the cold weather to affect roads above 4500 ft. elevation, warning that the Grapevine may be affected.
“Snow levels are expected to fall below 4,500 feet of elevation on Interstate 5 at the Tejon Pass,” wrote the Fort Tejon area California Highway Patrol (CHP) office. “Travel could be impacted on I-5 near the Grapevine. Because of this, Operation Snowflake has been implemented for the duration of the storm. In the event I-5 is deemed unsafe for passage, CHP and Caltrans have contingency plans in place to deploy personnel to facilitate detours.
LADPH encourages residents take precautions to protect yourself from the cold by:
- Dressing in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors
- Protecting head, hands and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks
- Checking on and help family members, friends and neighbors with limited mobility and limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill- Checking on them frequently
- If you have pets, bring them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight
The National Weather Service forecasts lows near mid 30s for Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 50s. Monday is expected to be breezy with chances of showers, however Tuesday is expected to be sunny.
“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “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, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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