** Weather Update **
A rare and severe winter storm is currently impacting Southern California, bringing rain, snow, and strong winds to the region. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of the mountains, such as Big Bear Lake and Wrightwood, where up to two feet of snow may accumulate by Thursday. This is the first blizzard warning for Southern California since 1989.
Even lower elevations are expected to be affected, with snow levels dropping as low as 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Areas like Santa Clarita and the Inland Empire may see some light snow accumulation. However, the storm may also cause flooding and debris flow in recent burn areas. Drivers should be cautious and avoid mountain passes if possible.
Temperatures are expected to be well below average for this time of year, making this the coldest storm of the season. While the forecast predicts cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain for the rest of the week, the storm is expected to clear out by Friday, leading to sunny and warmer conditions over the weekend.
Nevertheless, another storm system may arrive next week, bringing further rain and snow chances to Southern California.
The winter storm has also brought strong and gusty winds, especially in the mountains and valleys, with some areas experiencing hurricane-force wind gusts of over 100 mph. This wind is caused by a developing storm off the coast and a high-pressure system over the Western US. The winds are expected to slowly diminish by Wednesday, but may still pose a hazard for drivers and residents. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 8 p.m. Tuesday, warning of downed trees, power outages, and reduced visibility.