The cold front spread showers around the region overnight as strong winds developed along the mountain ridges and high deserts, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters said temperatures would likely be around average through Friday.
High temperatures Thursday were predicted to be 65 to 70 degrees near the coast, around 68 degrees in the western valleys, 62 to 67 degrees near the foothills, 56 to 62 degrees in the mountains and 74 to 79 degrees in the deserts.
Strong southwest winds were continuing to buffet the mountains Thursday morning, but forecasters said they should weaken by the afternoon.
A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday. Winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour will be possible, as will gusts that could reach 65 mph in some areas.
Forecasters said the gusty winds might make for difficult driving conditions, especially for motorists in high-profile vehicles. Drivers were urged to use extra caution as blowing dust could reduce visibility, and the wind may be strong enough to send tree limbs and other debris onto the roadway.
Warmer and drier weather is expected to return by the weekend, and temperatures will likely soar back into near record territory, according to the weather service.