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Anticipating cold weather overnight and through Sunday in the mountains, in Santa Clarita and in the Antelope valleys, health officials warn residents to take extra precautions.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert for the mountains tonight through Sunday, for the Antelope Valley through Saturday, and for the Santa Clarita Valley Today.

Health officials say wind chill temperatures in those areas could be below 32 degrees. Residents are urged to dress in layers, protect extremities by wearing hats and gloves, bring pets indoors at night and avoid using stoves, barbecues or ovens for heat.

“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county’s interim health officer. Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they (pets) don’t get too cold when they are outside.”

A winter shelter program is also in effect, offering locations for people to keep warm. Information is available online at www.lahsa.org/winter–shelter–program.