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From monkeys to surfers, California braces for cold

SAN DIEGO — Californians are bundling up with sweaters and gloves and stocking up on firewood as they endure the latest winter storm that has brought very unseasonable freezing temperatures.

The National Weather Service said records could fall as the cold snap stretches into the weekend.

"It's only going to get colder," NWS weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said. "Early Sunday, you're looking at possibly mid-30s in downtown Los Angeles." Long Beach could see temps dip into the low 30s, she said.

Freeze warnings were issued for Sunday morning across wide swaths of the LA Basin and San Diego County. Residents were being urged to cover outdoor plants and bring pets inside.

Morning frost was expected on San Diego and Los Angeles beaches. Big Sur, on the central coast, prepared for daytime highs almost 20 degrees below Boston's. Even the snowbird haven of Palm Springs saw temperatures hover around freezing at night. A low of 12 degrees was recorded in the snow-covered Big Bear mountain resort east of Los Angeles.


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