LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Strong winds were whipping through the Southland Monday following frigid morning temperatures.

Temperatures were expected to rise throughout the day as strong northeast winds picked up, according to an advisory from the National Weather Service.

“Kind of fun driving…especially when the person next to you is coming over and about to pinch you against the K-wall,” one driver told KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou. “Yeah, it’s a little nerve-wracking.”

KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reported that the high winds created dangerous conditions on the roadways. Big rigs in Fontana and Devore toppled over.

Drivers said they were forced to pull over.

“It just got too windy. I had to pull over,” a man said. “Unless you’ve got a lot of weight in your truck, it’s not worth it.”

Winds shut down Cal State San Bernardino a few hours early for safety reasons.

“We received a call saying that the school was closed for today,” a student said.

The winds, which could reach 60 to 65 miles per hour in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Santa Clarita Valley, will continue through Tuesday morning, officials said.

A warming trend is expected to start Tuesday through the rest of the week, with a high of 73 on Saturday in downtown L.A.

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