- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It may not have snowed, but California kept it cooler on Christmas this year after a cold front swept in overnight bringing gusty winds that showered streets with palm fronds and downed power lines.

Wind advisories remain in effect for most of Southern California through at least Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sukup (SOO’-cuhp). Meanwhile, gusty winds left thousands of people without electricity in Los Angeles and Orange counties for portions of the day, as utility crews worked to restore power.

Sukup says temperatures dropped up to 15 degrees Wednesday night with winds gusts from the north blowing over 60 mph in Los Angeles County’s mountains and 40 mph in the valleys and coastal areas. Another wind advisory is expected as winds transition to the typically warmer Santa Anas Friday night into Saturday morning.

Surfers lucked out with a high surf advisory for west facing beaches that brought up to 7-foot waves through the early evening.

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