California: Over the weekend, parts of California were hit with severe weather conditions, including hail, rain, and heavy snow. The Los Angeles area saw power outages affecting almost 85,000 homes and businesses due to the storm. Several highways in and around Los Angeles were closed due to flooding, and the largest highway leading north out of the city remained closed due to heavy snow.
Power outages affect nearly 85,000 homes and businesses
The National Weather Service advised Sacramento residents to avoid travel from Sunday through Wednesday as rain and snow resumed. San Francisco experienced record-low temperatures, and Yosemite National Park closed until Wednesday due to the harsh winter weather. The next storm system was expected to arrive on Sunday, bringing wind gusts of up to 50 mph in the Sacramento Valley and up to 70 mph in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The weather service warned of dangerous driving conditions and widespread road closures and infrastructure impacts.
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San Francisco experiences record-low temperatures
Weather experts attribute the unexpected weather to a significant low-pressure system driven from the Arctic. This cold and stormy weather is a rare occurrence for Southern California during this season. Even before this latest storm, California had been experiencing an unusually wet and chilly winter, marked by deadly “atmospheric river” storms that caused flooding, fallen trees, and mudslides in a state long affected by drought and wildfires.
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