Mountain resorts in the southern region of the Golden State saw unprecedented snowfall, with some places in the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County receiving 93 inches, or nearly 8 feet, of snow as of Sunday. Mount Wilson, located next to Pasadena in Los Angeles county, saw 40 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
The storms have also left some residents stranded in the mountains, including in Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County. More storms are expected this week, which could bring another two feet of snow to the Southern California mountains.
“This well may be the largest single-event snowfall in some parts of Southern California since the 1980s,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain told the Los Angeles Times before the storm hit. “This is a big deal.”
Additional snow fell earlier this week, with residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties reporting that snow fell in cities outside of the mountains on Wednesday.
Los Angeles received its first-ever blizzard warning last month, with snow expected up to 5 feet and winds of up to 55 mph. Although the snowstorm is now leaving Southern California, cold weather still persists, with a high of 60 degrees in Los Angeles and Orange counties and a low of 39 degrees Fahrenheit, according to ABC-7.
Extreme winter weather continues to threaten the rest of the country as more than 90 million people are under winter weather warnings nationwide.