Wind and Snow Batter Southern California in Winter Storm
Southern California is currently experiencing a major storm, characterized by blizzard conditions, flooding rain, and strong winds. The worst of the storm is expected to occur from late Friday into early Saturday, which could lead to significant travel disruptions. The following is a summary of the impacts of the storm:
Parts of the San Bernardino County Mountains, Riverside County Mountains, and San Diego County Mountains are under blizzard warnings until 10 p.m. PST Saturday. Snowfall rates could reach up to 2 inches per hour at times, with total accumulations of 3 to 6 feet possible above 5,000 feet elevation.
Flash flood warnings have been issued for most of Southern California until 10 p.m. PST Friday. Heavy rain may cause mudslides, debris flows, and urban flooding. By Saturday night, some areas may see up to 8 inches of rain.
Wind advisories are in effect for parts of Southern California until Saturday morning, with gusts reaching up to 60 mph in some areas, potentially leading to downed trees and power outages.
In South Pasadena, a flash flood warning has been issued until 10 p.m. PST Friday, with residents advised to avoid driving through flooded roads and to move to higher ground if necessary. There is also a risk of mudslides near recent burn areas.
There have been no reported deaths due to the storm, but several accidents and highway closures have occurred. The storm has also forced the postponement of Major League Soccer’s season-opening match between the L.A. Galaxy and the defending champion New York City FC to Sunday.
The storm is expected to continue through Friday night, with heavy rain, wind, and snow, before taking a break on Saturday. Blizzard warnings are also in effect for parts of the LA county mountains until 10 p.m. PST Saturday, with snowfall rates potentially reaching 2 inches per hour at times and total accumulations of 3 to 6 feet possible above 5,000 feet elevation. Flash flood warnings are in place for most of LA county until 10 p.m. PST Friday, with some areas potentially receiving up to 8 inches of rain by Saturday night. Wind advisories are also in effect for parts of LA county until Saturday morning, with gusts reaching up to 60 mph in some areas.