More than 126,000 without power in California as storm brings rain, heavy snow, damaging winds

Record-Breaking Storm Leaves 126,000 Without Power in California

A major storm that has hit California has left over 126,000 customers without power, as record rainfall, heavy snow, and damaging winds lash the state. The storm is forecasted to move from southern California across the entire country over the next few days, eventually moving northeast by Tuesday. As of Saturday morning, more than 30 million Americans are under weather alerts in the West, ranging from blizzard warnings in the mountains near Los Angeles to wind chill alerts in the Northern Plains.

Record Rainfall and Damaging Winds in Los Angeles Area

The Los Angeles area saw record rainfall on Friday, which came along with winds ranging from 50 to 70 miles per hour. Burbank, California, was hit the hardest with 4.6 inches of rain on Friday, causing flooding and stranding cars on roads. The record rainfall caused dozens of flight cancellations and delays, with records for daily rainfall being set at the Los Angeles International Airport and the cities of Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto, and Oxnard.

Heavy Rains and Snowfall

In the past 24 hours, between 2 to 5 inches of rain have fallen in the Los Angeles area alone, with five to eight inches of rain in higher elevations north of the city. Meanwhile, 2 to 6 feet of snow have fallen in the mountains outside of Los Angeles since Wednesday. Blizzard warnings remain in effect until 4 p.m. local time due to the heavy snow and winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour. Snow has been falling at rates of 2.5 inches in places, like Lake Arrowhead, California.

Traffic Disruptions and Road Closures

Multiple stretches of I-5 in Los Angeles County were shuttered on Saturday due to rain and snow, with a portion of I-5 near Atwater Village in Metro LA being blocked off in both directions for several hours after flooding inundated all lanes of the highway. The southbound lane has since reopened, but the northbound lane remains closed. Further north along the same stretch of freeway, more than 25 miles of I-5 Grapevine remains sealed off to travelers due to heavy snow and ice, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Severe Weather Threats Across the Country

On Sunday, the majority of the rain from this major storm will be moving through Arizona, bringing rain in the lower elevations and snow in the mountainous terrain. Meanwhile, another wave of rain and snow will arrive in northern California during the morning hours, with precipitation from Sacramento all the way north to Seattle. That storm moves eastward by Sunday, but will deliver a severe weather threat to Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas on Sunday afternoon, with tornadoes and damaging winds being possible.

The storm that has hit California has brought record rainfall, heavy snow, and damaging winds, leaving over 126,000 customers without power. The storm is expected to move northeast by Tuesday, with more heavy rain and snowfall expected in several regions. The impact of this storm will not only be felt in California, but also across the entire country, with severe weather threats in several states. It is important to stay safe and informed during such weather events, and to take necessary precautions to avoid any accidents or injuries.

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