Stunning snow, rains, air rescues

A historic weather front that slammed a wide swath of Southern California with stunning snow, record rains and flooding that prompted air rescues eased its grip Sunday –but more bad weather was on the way.

A new storm was forecast to bring rain and snow as soon as Sunday night, the National Weather Service said. The snow won’t sweep down to the edge of coastal cities as it did in recent days, but this week’s forecast for Los Angeles does call for high temperatures in the low 50s – about 15 degrees below normal.

About 75,000 homes and businesses remained without power Sunday after days of fierce winds, rains and snow that toppled trees and downed power lines.

“A remarkable storm the last few days with historic amounts of precip and snow down to elevations that rarely see snow,” forecasters with the weather service in Los Angeles wrote. 

Meteorologist Mark Moede said the winter storm will “exit Southern California this morning and there will be a brief break in the weather” but that rain and mountain snow are expected to return Monday through Wednesday.

In this photo provided by Big Bear Mountain Resort, snow is removed at the resort in Big Bear, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023


• More than 7 inches of rain fell in Ventura County, causing flash flooding that left cars stranded on roadways Saturday.

• Los Angeles Fire Department ground and air responders rescued four people and five animals from flooding in Encino, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

• At the peak of the storm, up to 10 inches of rain fell in lower elevations and some mountain areas were blasted with more than 5 feet of snow.

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A mix of warm atmospheric river air and cold air from Alaska conspired to bring a dusting of snow to high desert areas of Southern California valleys Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Rare snow fell Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana  in San Bernardino County. With snow reaching down from the mountains to as low as 1,000 feet, the hills around Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, were white. Snow also surprised residents of inland suburbs.

In the mountains, the University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said the four-day total near Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevadas had reached more than 56 inches.

“Snow will pickup again tomorrow with several substantial storms expected to drop another 5-10 feet through Weds!”  the lab tweeted.

Downtown Los Angeles saw 2.29 inches of rain on Friday, making it the wettest February day in 20 years. AccuWeather reported. The single-day rainfall was greater than the total rainfall from the past three Februarys, which combined for only 0.10 of an inch of rain.

Southern California has seen days of unprecedented storms – San Diego issued its first-ever blizzard warning Friday and Los Angeles issued its first such warning in 34 years. In Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area saw a light dusting of snow, and  Yosemite National Park was closed through March 1 due to winter weather.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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