Heavy snow hits southern California – ‘first blizzard in a generation’

Posted: February 25, 2023 by oldbrew in media, Natural Variation, News, weather

Credit: NBC

Some schools close for the day. Media get excited. Climate spin doctors have work to do.
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Heavy snow fell in southern California on Friday, as the first blizzard in a generation pounded the Los Angeles area, with heavy rains threatening flooding in other places, reports Phys.org.

Breathless television weather presenters more used to delivering a same-every-day forecast of warm sunshine found themselves knee-deep in the white stuff as the region grappled with its worst winter storm for decades.

Major roads were closed as ice and snow made them impassable, including sections of Interstate 5, the main north-south highway that connects Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Authorities said there was no estimate when it would be re-opened.

“Dangerous and potentially life-threatening snow related impacts are likely for mountain, desert, and foothill roadways in southern California,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

“Multiple rounds of heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions over some of the higher terrain and mountain passes.

“Areas very close to the Pacific Coast and also into the interior valleys that are not accustomed to seeing snow, may see some accumulating snowfall.”

Snow and high winds brought down power lines, knocking out the lights for 118,000 customers in California, according to poweroutage.us.

Television stations dispatched their presenters to mountain areas, where some reported on traffic misery and others chatted with gleeful children given the day off school.

Social media platforms were inundated with pictures of varying amounts of snow in gardens, as residents marveled at the winter weather.

The NWS offered a Twitter tutorial for Californians struggling to put a name to the unusual white stuff spoiling the view of palm trees.

“Wondering what kind of frozen precipitation is falling from the sky in your area (assuming you are at a higher elevation)? Here is an informative graphic… that distinguishes between graupel and hail,” NWS Los Angeles tweeted.

Hail (“hard & solid”) is “frozen raindrops of ice from thunderstorms,” while graupel (“soft & wet”) is “snowflakes that collect supercooled water droplets on the outer surface,” the agency informed readers.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    The temperature in San Francisco dipped down to 3.9 °C (39 °F), setting the record for the coldest-ever temperature recorded on February 24. The previous record was set on February 24, 1891, when San Francisco recorded 4.4 °C (40 °F).

    3.9 °C (39 °F) recorded in San Francisco today was also its coldest temperature recorded since January 6, 2017.

    This was the third day in a row that San Francisco set some kind of daily minimum or maximum temperature record, with temperatures staying below 10°C (50°F) all three days, which is “very unusual” for this time of year, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Lorber.


  2. ilma630 says:

    Just wonder how those wonderful solar panels and wind turbines are doing, to help those Southern Californians keep warm?

  3. catweazle666 says:

    So “Global Warming” strikes again.

    If – as seems increasingly likely – Solar Cycle 25 is as intense as some consider probable, Klaus Schwab and his WEF mates are going to get that Great Reset and population reduction they keep telling us about.

    But it won’t be the one they were planning on.

  4. Arctic air will not let up in North America.

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    Rare weather happens.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Rare winter storm batters Los Angeles – with snow and blizzards leaving residents without power
    The National Weather Service has said it is one of the strongest storms to ever hit southwest California – with forecasters saying there would be a one-day respite before the next storm is expected on Monday.

    Sunday 26 February 2023

    Hills around suburban Santa Clarita in the north of Los Angeles were blanketed in white, as snow also surprised inland suburbs to the east.


  7. oldbrew says:

  8. Peter Norman says:

    @catweazle and others interested in the sudden stratospheric warming event. I came across this walk-through of the SSW event now in progress. Andrej Flis explains how the polar vortex change affects things here in the troposphere. It also gives a bit more insight to Zachary Laurence (stratobserve.com) graphics stuff.

  9. catweazle666 says:

    Thanks for that Peter, interesting and informative.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Guardian has snow blindness again, no mention of any of this so far…



    Blizzards in the mountains, rain in the desert, flooding near coastal cities — and reports of a dusting of snow near the Hollywood Sign. That’s just some of the bizarre weather in California happening amid a weekend storm system that kicked off in recent days.


  11. Chaswarnertoo says:

    See also Majorca.

  12. oldbrew says:

    The story won’t go away…

    Californians snowed in by winter storm surge
    Published 24 minutes ago

    Millions of California residents are under a freeze warning, with a state of emergency declared in over a dozen counties to deal with a string of brutal winter storms.

    Rescue crews are working all hours to dig out communities in mountainous regions cut off by deep snow.
    . . .
    More than 18 million people across California were under a freeze warning as of Thursday morning.

    More snow was forecast for the weekend, including up to two feet in the Yosemite area.

    The same forecast predicts record high temperatures across the Gulf Coast on Thursday and across portions of Florida on Friday.


  13. oldbrew says:

    MARCH 6, 2023
    ‘Epic’: Extreme storms have California near an all-time snowpack record set 40 years ago

    After a parade of atmospheric river systems from late December through mid-January and a whopper of a winter storm earlier this week, California’s snowpack levels have surged to near-historic highs.
    . . .
    The statewide average for snowpack across all California sites stood at 45 inches as of Friday, which is 190% of normal for the date and 171% of the April 1 average.

    “This snowpack actually rivals 1982-83, which is the largest snowpack on record,” de Guzman said.

    Snow levels as of Friday were “hovering just below” the 1983 record level, de Guzman said. Winter storms during March, including one forecast for this coming weekend, will determine whether the state breaks the all-time record.


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