Large areas of Southern California are expected to be affected by winter weather as a storm system moves through the region. The The National Weather Service in Los Angeles said Friday will be a “busy weather day,” with heavy rain, wind and snow, and “waterspouts or even small tornadoes.”
A blizzard warning is in effect for the mountains of Ventura County and Los Angeles County until 4 p.m. Saturday. According to the National Weather Service. This is the first time since 1989 that the weather service has issued a blizzard warning for the Southern California mountains.
The Sierra Avalanche Center An avalanche warning was also issued for parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Friday morning into Saturday morning. Forecasters are predicting 3 to 5 feet of snow for the Sierra Nevada region.
“This storm system will be unusually cold, and snow levels will be very low,” the National Weather Service said Friday. “In fact, areas closest to the Pacific coast and interior valleys that aren’t used to seeing snow will see some snow.”
Some of the areas that may experience rare snowfall include:
- A high desert like the Mojave Desert
- Almost all the foothills
- A large part of the Inland Empire
- Santa Clarita Valley
According to social media posts by local agencies, several roads and highways have been closed due to snow and ice on the surface due to the weather.
This week has sown chaos across the United States, bringing heavy snow to rarefied and otherwise vulnerable areas, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and grounding or delaying thousands of flights.
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