It’s no secret that we’re mostly spoiled with blue skies and sunny weather in Los Angeles County—which is why this blizzard warning is quite a surprise to some of us.
Early Wednesday morning, The National Weather Service (NWS) in Los Angeles issued a winter blizzard warning for the county due to “extremely dangerous mountain conditions.”
This warning is one of the first to be issued by the NWS since 1989, making it an incredibly rare occurrence! Due to this, the NWS has also put out serious safety precautions.
“Winter weather driving, with blizzard conditions likely in some areas (heavy snowfall, blowing snow, and near-zero visibility) is expected with this [blizzard] event,” shared NWS on Twitter. “Be prepared! Or avoid mountain driving!”
Snow Amounts Over 4500ft According To NWS:
- 2-5 ft, isolated 7-8 feet
- 2500-4000ft: 6-12 inches (including Tejon Pass)
- 1500-2500 ft: 1-4 inches (including Antelope Valley)
Certain parts of L.A. County like Pasadena and Antelope Valley are already seeing snowfall. The NWS predicts up to seven feet of snowfall in certain Southern California areas and mountains, with high winds potentially reaching up to 75 mph. Areas found near the coast and valleys are also expected to see a few inches of rain.
The warning is scheduled to take full effect at 4 a.m. on Friday and will continue up until 4 p.m. Saturday.