LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A cold snap gripping much of the state has brought subfreezing temperatures to parts of Southern California.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports that the National Weather Service predicts that the coldest weather of the season thus far is expected to hit Saturday night.

Freeze warnings are expected to go into effect at 1 a.m. through 9 a.m. Sunday for most of Southern California and a freeze watch will be in effect from Sunday night through Monday morning.

A hard freeze warning is also expected to go into effect Sunday through 8 a.m. Monday for the high desert regions and San Bernardino.

Meteorologist Kaj Goldberg, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says Saturday’s daytime highs for the beaches are forecast for 57 degrees; 56 in the Basin and 53 into the Valleys. Highs in Riverside and Orange County will be in the mid-50s.

Meantime, icy road conditions shut a 44-mile stretch of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine overnight Saturday.

That segment was reopened some four hours later, marking the second closure within the past week.

A break from the cold is not expected until Tuesday.

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