NEW storm to hit California this evening after historic snow, flooding and cold
California Another storm is expected Sunday night after a historic winter brought record-breaking cold, dumped several feet of snow, caused widespread flooding and left tens of thousands without power.
Most of the state is still feeling the effects of a long winter a storm that saw even a dusting of snow on the Hollywood sign and more than three feet in the northern mountains.
Videos posted online also showed vans being swept into rivers around Los Angeles amid widespread flooding and sparks flying from downed power lines.
Major highways remained closed Sunday morning after drivers were stranded for hours.
Those roads may continue to be closed in the coming days as another storm that begins Sunday night and continues into Wednesday will bring even more rain and snow.
LOS ANGELES: A father and son stop to look at the snow during a rare snowstorm on Saturday
ANGWIN: Snow blanketed a vineyard in California’s famed Napa Valley on Friday
More storms are expected to inundate California in the coming days
Dangerous storms have already dumped nearly five feet of snow on Donner Peak, according to UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab.
Mount Baldy, near downtown Los Angeles, also saw more than three feet, and Mount Laguna in San Diego County received more than two feet of snow. Magic Mountain outside of Los Angeles also recorded wind gusts of up to 86 miles per hour.
And Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, saw more than six feet of snow in less than a week. The resort said it was forced to close on Saturday to “utilize the available personnel we have to excavate and clean up.” NBC News reports.
The city of Big Bear Lake also warned that all roads to the community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest were closed due to snow, with no estimate of when it might reopen, and Yosemite National Park in northern California would remain closed until at least Wednesday .
By Sunday, Interstate 5 — the largest freeway north of Los Angeles — remained closed on a steep incline known as the Grapevine because of heavy snow, while the freeway’s southbound points in and around the city were closed because of the flood.
The city received 4.3 inches of rain, while Pasadena received 7.84 inches. A possible tornado was also reported in the Los Angeles County community of Whittier.
Los Angeles County officials were eventually forced to close 24 miles of beach from Nicholas Canyon in Malibu to White Point Beach in San Pedro for nearly two hours in the afternoon after lightning was spotted along the shoreline.
By Saturday evening, more than 120,000 people across the state were without power. But as of Sunday morning, that number had dropped to just over 75,000 residents and businesses, mostly in Madera County, according to PowerOutage.usa website that tracks utility data across the country.
Meanwhile, a flash flood warning remained in effect for Southern California until 11 a.m. local time.
CASTAIC: Pictured, a van begins to fall into the Santa Clara River as the ground beneath is washed away by the flood
LOS ANGELES: A boy played in the snow during a thunderstorm on Saturday
GREEN VALLEY: A woman was forced to remove slots from her car’s windshield in the Sierra Pelano Mountains on Saturday
GREEN VALLEY: Two good Samaritans helped a driver when his truck got stuck in the snow
CASTIAC: The Santa Clara River is overflowing due to heavy rain near a car park
LOS ANGELES: Evan Schornstein, a tourist from New York, walked along the Los Angeles River during a treacherous storm on Saturday
REDONDA BEACH: A surfer gestures as he prepares to ride the waves during a dangerous storm
Authorities say three RVs parked at the Valencia Travel Village RV Resort in Castaic, north Los Angeles County, were swept into the Santa Clara River by severe weather.
Video obtained by KCAL News shows one of the RVs quickly tip over and slide back into the swollen river.
Ventura County Fire Rescue search and rescue teams responded to the scene and located the trailer, but luckily no one was inside the RV at the time.
On Saturday, the search and rescue team also lifted two homeless men to safety who were stranded on dry islands in the Hanson flood control basin.
The men were not injured and were released on the spot.
And in San Luis Obispo, a large tree fell on an apartment complex, displacing seven people. KSBU reports. Representatives of the Red Cross helped them with housing.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Snow blanketed a home in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, even covering some palm trees
GREEN VALLEY: A car skidded off a snowy road into a pond in the Sierra Pelano mountains on Saturday
REDONDA BEACH: Driver braves hail and rain during Saturday’s winter storm
LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles River has overflowed amid heavy rain
Now, the National Weather Service is warning residents of the state capital, Sacramento, to avoid travel Sunday through Wednesday as rain and snow resume.
“Extreme impacts from heavy snow and wind will result in extremely dangerous to impossible traffic conditions and likely widespread road closures and infrastructure impacts!” The agency reported this on Twitter.
These new storms are expected to bring wind gusts of up to 50 mph in the Sacramento Valley and up to 70 mph in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains.
A massive low-pressure system moving in from the Arctic is responsible for the unusual conditions, said Brian Jackson, a forecaster at the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
In Southern California, “this is a rare case of a cold, significant storm,” he said.