Los Angeles County mountains could be covered in up to 5 inches of snow this week.
Keep your winter outfits out, because the season’s coldest storm is about to brush through parts of Southern California, turning the mountains into a snowy winter wonderland. On Monday, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning stating that San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Los Angeles County will be affected by the storm system from Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.
The storm on Tue-Wed will be very cold w/ snow levels dropping below 2000 feet! Many low elev highways could become slick & snow covered. The Grapevine I-5 could see up to 2 inches Tue afternoon to Wed morning. #BePrepared for winter travel or delay your trip. #CAwx #LAweather pic.twitter.com/zJz344vusn
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 21, 2022
NWS warns that anyone in the region or planning to go to the area is prepared as snow, icy roads and winds of up to 40 mph will make driving conditions dangerous. The rest of SoCal will see rain and lower elevations (1500-200 feet) will experience a dusting of snow. According to the reports, passes around the Santa Ynez Mountains along with higher foothills of Ventura County Valley and Santa Monica, are likely to be impacted too.
While Antelope Valley recorded the first poppy buds just a week ago, the expansive desert valley will be hit by the stormy weather too. So if you’re heading that way any time soon, you can expect some travel delays.
As for avid skiers and snowboarders, the news could inspire a final trip to the slopes before the season comes to a close. There’ll also be ample opportunity for snow play over the weekend, following a very dry and warm winter.