The first blizzard warning has been issued in normally warm southern California since 1989. On Saturday, the mountains to the east of Los Angeles are expected to get up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow, a new record.
Significant blizzards and sub-freezing temperatures have already hit most of the northern United States as a result of the big storm. The cold snap follows a record-breaking heat wave in the southeast of the United States.
The whole West Coast of the United States and British Columbia, Canada are under an icy weather front. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a snowstorm warning for coastal Ventura County and Los Angeles County mountains beginning early Friday and lasting through Saturday.
In addition, the mountains surrounding Santa Barbara might receive up to five feet of snow. High winds and “near zero visibility” are also expected, according to the NWS. One bewildered California meteorologist said on air this week, “I have to be really honest with you guys.” To be honest, “I’ve never seen a blizzard warning.”
The southern Sierra Nevada mountains, located in the state’s central and western regions, are expected to be hit by “several rounds” of snow. On Thursday, unusually cold temperatures forced the closure of schools in the state’s far northwest.
Del Norte County Schools District employee Jeff Napier said to the Los Angeles Times,
“This is the first snow day we have had in the 31 years I have been with the district.”
As the storm proceeds south over the weekend, experts warn it may bring snow to lower-elevation portions of southern California in addition to rain.
Snow levels might approach 1,500 feet or roughly the height of the famous Hollywood sign. In other parts of the United States, the recent cold front has resulted in the closure of schools, businesses, and even state legislatures.
The National Weather Service said that approximately 11 inches of snow fell overnight into Thursday morning in Portland, Oregon, making that day the second snowiest on record. In Michigan, a volunteer firefighter was killed after he apparently touched a downed powerline during the storm.
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One official fatality in Oregon is being looked into, and it is believed to be due to hypothermia brought on by the storm. A one-year-old child is in serious condition after a big redwood tree was uprooted by high winds and crashed into their home in the Bay Area of California.
Power was out for hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses across five states on Thursday night, with Michigan suffering the worst impact.
According to FlightAware, more than 8,000 flights in the United States were either canceled or delayed yesterday. Nevertheless, on Thursday, February 2, 2018, Washington, DC, reached a record high of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) for the month of February.