Winter storm brings uncommon blizzard warning to California as report heat blankets different components of US

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Winter storm brings rare blizzard warning to California as record warmth blankets other parts of US picture: @CHPFortTejon metrograb

Elements of southern California are beneath blizzard warnings as winter climate freezes components of the state, together with Interstate-5 between Los Angeles and Kern County (Image: Twitter/@CHPFortTejon)

A winter storm has introduced uncommon blizzard warnings to southern California as snow started dusting the Hollywood Check in Los Angeles County.

Rain and hail started falling on southern California on Thursday night time because the storm approached from the Pacific Ocean. The rain started turning into snow as temperatures began to plummet.

The Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) declared a blizzard warning for components of Los Angeles County round 4am on Friday morning. It’ll at present keep in impact till 4pm Friday afternoon.

It’s the primary blizzard warning in drought-stricken Los Angeles County since February 4, 1989.

In this image from a Caltrans remote traffic video camera is a snow-covered Interstate 80 at Floriston, Calif., Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. California and other parts of the West faced heavy snow and rain Friday from the latest winter storm to pound the U.S., while thousands of people in Michigan shivered through extended power outages wrought by one of the worst ice storms in decades.(Caltrans via AP)

Interstate-80 is roofed in snow close to Floriston, California (Image: AP)

The mountainous components of the county may see as much as 4 or 5 toes of snow, the NWS mentioned. Storms within the mountains may maintain wind gusts as much as 80 miles per hour.

The storm is anticipated to proceed dropping precipitation on southern California by means of Saturday.

Though the blizzard warning doesn’t lengthen to the town limits of Los Angeles itself, the NWS is warning residents to take precautions for the potential for flooding or avalanches.

‘There is the potential for widespread snow impacts, and road closures, including whiteout and blizzard conditions with an increased threat of avalanches,’ the company mentioned. ‘Impacts from the rain include hazardous travel with flooding of roadways, possible river flooding, and mud and debris flows from recent burn areas.’

The NWS additionally confirmed that snow or graupel – gentle hail pellets that appear to be snow – fell at their monitoring station on Mount Lee – the place the Hollywood Signal is situated.

One other blizzard warning was declared for the Sierra Nevada mountains, the place snowstorms are way more widespread this time of yr.

In the meantime, a number of communities in neighboring Ventura County got evacuation warnings because the storm made landfall.

Warnings of waterspouts – massive tornado-like vortexes of seawater – have been declared for the Ventura County coastal areas, together with near the cities of Santa Barbara and Port Hueneme.

Forecasters additionally warned of extreme hailstorms and doable ‘landspouts’ – one other kind of cyclone much like a twister – close to San Augustine, Oxnard, and Las Cruces.

Earlier this week, a devastating ice storm froze massive parts of the higher Midwest, together with a lot of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

Cal Transit has closed parts of Interstate-5, together with the portion referred to as the Grapevine, which connects the state’s Central Valley to Los Angeles.

In Michigan, extreme ice buildup on energy traces induced outages in a number of components of the state. About 730,000 clients have been nonetheless out of energy on Friday, principally concentrated within the state’s southeastern Detroit suburbs.

In the meantime, the Southeast and components of the Mid-Atlantic are experiencing report heat temperatures for February. Temperatures are anticipated to succeed in as excessive as 80 levels Fahrenheit in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina over the weekend.

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