Overnight temperatures in the High Desert can drop significantly during the fall and winter, even as daytime temperatures remain warm and pleasant. The combination of very cold air and brisk winds can lead to dangerously low wind chill values. It's important to take precautions to stay warm and protect against the cold weather.
Victory Outreach is a warming center available and open to all ages when temperatures fall below 32 degrees for those seeking shelter from freezing overnight temperatures.
37419 25th St. East 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. (when conditions arise)
Rides to the warming center are available by calling 661/733-3823.
Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may also call 2-1-1 for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting www.211la.org.
Protecting Yourself During Extreme Cold
Cold temperatures can affect residents during winter, especially in our desert and mountainous areas. Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. They may result in a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and extreme cold can last a few hours or several days, knocking out heat, power, and communication services.
Some populations, such as older adults, young children, people with disabilities, and individuals experiencing homelessness, may be at greater risk.
Stoves, barbecues, and ovens can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances instead of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces.