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(dailynews.com) People who are “vulnerable” to cold weather should prepare for a plunge in temperature expected to set in this week in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, Los Angeles County health officials warned this week.

Temperatures will go below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, with the chilly weather that began Wednesday and Thursday, depending on the location.

The San Fernando Valley is expected to experience these cold weather conditions on Thursday and Friday, and the Santa Clarita Valley will be hit with them on Thursday. The cold alert also affects the Antelope Valley, the Los Angeles County mountain areas, and Pomona this week.

“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said Los Angeles County Interim Health Office Jeffrey Gunzenhauser. “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,” he said. “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.”

Winter shelters operated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority are also now open. The locations and pick-up sites are listed at lahsa.org/winter-shelter or can be looked up by calling 2-1-1, or the TDD line at 1-800-660-4026, for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Health officials recommend bundling up in warm clothes and covering extremities like hands and feet with hats, scarves, socks and gloves. They also noted neighbors should check frequently on the elderly or people who may not have access to heating, and make sure pets are brought inside.