Los Angeles Receives 1st Ever Blizzard Warning As Unprecedented Winter Storm Sweeps SoCal

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Expected snow accumulations for San Diego Area | Picture: weather.gov website

Los Angeles, CA, has been hit with a blizzard warning as one of the worst winter storms of the 21st century is sweeping across Southern California. According to the Iowa Mesonet dataset, this appears to be the first-ever Blizzard warning Los Angeles has ever seen.

Most of the U.S. is experiencing a winter or wind-related weather alert this week, but it appears to be the first time Southern California is affected by a wild winter storm. The weather warning will be effective from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon. Southern Californian mountain ranges are expected to be inundated with heavy snow and high winds.

* WHAT...Winter Storm Warning through late Thursday with low
elevation snow, strong winds and very cold wind chills. For the
Blizzard Warning, heavy snow, winds gusting up to 80 mph, and
near zero visibility. Total snow accumulations from 6 to 12
inches likely between 2000-4000 feet up to 2 and 5 feet of above
4000 feet. Isolated amounts to between 7 and 8 feet at higher
elevations. Major mountains passes will be affected by
significant snowfall.

* WHERE...Ventura County Mountains and Los Angeles County

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 4 AM PST Friday.
For the Blizzard Warning, from 4 AM Friday to 4 PM PST

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Very
strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.

Many Californians woke up this morning to snow at higher levels. Snow levels are currently at about 1,500-2,00ft. However, the big storm has not arrived yet. Snowfalls are expected to be heaviest on Friday and Friday night, with up to 7 feet expected above 4,500ft and 1-6 inches at around 1,500-2,500ft. Mt. Baldy is expected to be the snowiest resort on earth, with over 100 inches of snow forecast.

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Snow on Black Mountain, CA | Picture: @AcetheKidKT via Twitter

Wind gusts will be strongest from Thursday night to Friday morning, with winds of up to 60-75 mph expected at mountains and foothills.

The temperature is expected to drop 10-20 degrees below normal which may feel even colder with localized wind chill.

The National Weather Service Los Angeles advises residents to avoid travel as roadway flooding is possible, and widespread road closures and delays should be anticipated, especially near mountains, foothills, and desert roads. NWS Los Angeles is flagging that downed trees and power lines are possible and suggests being prepared for possible whiteouts and blizzard conditions.

Mt. Baldy, CA. | Picture: inthesnow.com

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3 thoughts on “Los Angeles Receives 1st Ever Blizzard Warning As Unprecedented Winter Storm Sweeps SoCal

  1. Sorry but that is not the Mt. Baldy in So Cal, maybe in little cotton wood canyon , but not in Sothern California

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