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Winds, rain showers to prevail most of the week

February 13, 2012

Low pressures systems moving through the region this week are expected to keep the skies mostly gray, bringing them the possibility of rain through at least Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

In the tri-city area, there's a 40% chance of rain through this evening, before clouds taper off tomorrow. Then on Wednesday, a new system will bring mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain throughout the day.

Things will clear up a bit through Saturday, before a 20% of rain on Sunday, according to the weather service.

Meanwhile, strong winds are expected to blow through Southern California on Monday, picking up in the afternoon and possibly making driving difficult, weather forecasters said.

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The strongest winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph, are expected in the Point Conception area of the coast and in the desert and mountain communities of California City, Tejon Pass, Ridgecrest and Edwards Air Force Base. A wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Antelope Valley will be in effect from noon Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday, the L.A. Times reported.

Downtown Los Angeles could also see winds of 15 or 20 mph, with gusts exceeding 30 mph, according to Erik Pindrock, a meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

Winds in the greater Glendale area could hit 25 mph today, the weather service said.

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-- Teresa Watanabe and Jason Wells, Los Angeles Times

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