“Unusual Winter Weather”: First blizzard warning in Los Angeles since 1989

“This is the first snow day we have had in the 31 years…”

The winter storm rolling in California, USA, will start to intensify. A massive storm has already caused major blizzards and freezing temperature in many US states.

California Highway Patrol has closed the state’s longest interstate due to unsafe roads. As a result, heavier traffic was forced into Highway 101. Up to 8-feet snowfall is predicted in mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles. And the mountains are predicted to experience powerful winds of 60-75mph.

The freezing weather front stretches along the entire US West Coast, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia. Snowfall of up to 5ft is also possible on the mountain peaks around the city of Santa Barbara.

Heavy snow will be accompanied by powerful high winds and near zero visibility. Officials advise California residents stay at homes if they do not have to leave. Around 1000 flights across the US have been cancelled by Friday morning.

“Multiple rounds” of snow are forecast to blanket the southern Sierra Nevada mountains in central and western parts of the state.

According to the Sierra Avalanche Center, there will be “dangerous avalanche conditions” across the Sierra Nevada. The unusual weather forecasts forced schools in the state’s far northwest to be closed.

“This is the first snow day we have had in the 31 years I have been with the district,” Jeff Napier, an official with the Del Norte County Schools District, told the Los Angeles Times.

The snow elevation may drop as low as 1,500ft – about as high as the famed sign in the Hollywood hills. In other US states, the cold snap has forced schools, businesses and some state legislatures to close.

Portland, Oregon, had nearly 11in (28cm) of snowfall by overnight into Thursday morning, the NWS reported, its second snowiest day ever recorded.

Coming into contact with a downed powerline, a volunteer firefighter passed away in Michigan due to a storm. Oregon officials are investigating another case that might as well be connected with the heavy snow and the unusual weather.
Across five states, a great number of houses and businesses have been left without power. As of early Friday morning, over 700,000 people in Michigan and 120,000 in California still do not have power. Meanwhile, temperatures in Washington DC hit 81F (27C) on Thursday, a February high not seen since 1874.
More storms and snowfalls are expected to roll through California next week.
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