Another Storm On the Way
A cold front is approaching Southern California next week, which will bring icy temperatures and hazardous driving conditions.
The National Weather Service announced that light rain may return to the region as early as Wednesday, followed by heavier rainfall on the weekend. Wet weather is expected to intensify from Thursday to Sunday, with snowfall likely in high elevations and mountainous regions.
KTLA Meteorologist Mark Kriski described the upcoming storm as a "pretty good-sized storm" and advised that it will be cold. According to county officials, temperatures will significantly drop during the weekend, with cold weather advisories specifically affecting the Santa Clarita Valley, Lancaster (Antelope Valley), Woodland Hills, and L.A. County mountain areas.
Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, warned that children, elderly individuals, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are more vulnerable during cold weather. Davis also urged people not to use stoves, barbecues, or ovens to heat their homes, as this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The storm's arrival will also bring marine hazards, with high seas, strong winds, and high surf expected to start on Tuesday night, according to NWS. Beachgoers and swimmers are advised to stay away from the water's edge and avoid coastal rocks. Boaters are recommended to stay in port, find a safe harbor, and secure their vessels from strong winds and combined seas.
To protect themselves and loved ones from frigid temperatures, officials suggest dressing in layers of warm clothing when going outdoors and protecting the head, hands, and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks. Pet owners should bring their animals indoors and not leave them outside overnight.
Furthermore, people should check on family members, friends, and neighbors who have limited mobility or access to heat, such as seniors or those who are sick. For those who do not have access to a safe shelter during peak cold times, they can head to a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority shelter. Information regarding the locations and transportation is available online or by calling the L.A. County Information line at 2-1-1.
In summary, Southern California will face harsh weather conditions from next week due to an approaching storm, which will bring cold temperatures, heavy rainfall, and snowfall in mountainous regions. Officials urge people to take necessary precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets from the frigid temperatures and to avoid marine hazards by staying away from the water's edge and coastal rocks.