Winter storm brings heavy rain, rare snow to parts of California | Weather News

Authorities are warning residents that extreme weather, including blizzards, can create hazardous driving conditions in the US.

ONE snow storm brought cold weather conditions, rain and blizzard warnings for the western United States.

The National Weather Service warned on Friday that a “cold and dangerous winter storm” could last through Saturday in California, with blizzard warnings in effect for mountain ranges across the state. state.

“This is going to be a busy day for #SoCal [Southern California] with lots of heavy rain, snow, wind and even tornadoes or minor tornadoes,” the Los Angeles National Weather Service said on Twitter. “Please be safe.”

As winter storm intensifies in California, it is decreasing in size in other parts of the US, such as midwest and the Great Plains, where the storm left more than 900,000 people without power, one firefighter was killed and travel complicated for days.

According to website, nearly 300 flights around the US were canceled and more than 900 delayed as of Friday. Major roads, such as Interstate 5, were closed south of the Oregon border.

“You don’t want to be on the road,” weather forecaster Belen De Leon told NBC4 in Los Angeles.

Flood warnings and monitoring are also in effect in some areas of California, and evacuation orders have been issued for some areas that were already hit hard in December and January by a series of floods. atmospheric river. drenched California.

Previous hurricanes have hit the state 121 trillion liters (32 trillion gallons) watercausing mass evacuations, power outages and flooding.

The latest storm and frigid temperatures have also raised concerns about the weather’s impact on vulnerable community. California has the largest homeless population in the United States, and many more do not have access to shelter or consistent housing that can withstand the elements.

“It is so cold. Terry Stephens, who lives in a trailer with his son, told the Los Angeles Times. “I put on three blankets last night, and I’m still freezing cold. Nothing helps.

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Trucks drive through the snow on the San Marcos Pass, located 600 meters (2,200 ft) above sea level, along Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County, California, on February 23, 2023 [Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP]

The prospect of snow and extreme cold was unusual in parts of California known for mild weather, and this novelty surprised, delighted, and warned of snowy roads.

A local newspaper, the Independent Santa Barbarabegan reporting on the weather by acknowledging unusual circumstances.

“Snowstorm in Santa Barbara County? Yes,” its article read, echoing the astonishment of many residents.

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