LOS ANGELES, CBSLA – Residents of the South were woken up early Monday morning by heavy rainfall and powerful lightning in the middle of a thunderstorm that shook the region.
Snow in Lebek, California. 28. December 2020. (CBSLA)
A winter thunderstorm moving through the south of the country on Monday morning caused flash floods in the valleys and snow in the mountains. It also resulted in slippery roads that caused problems for morning commuters.
In Studio City, a large tree branch fell on at least one car on Hoffman Street and Radford Avenue after a storm. In the Mission Hills area, several lanes on Highway 118 east of Highway 405 were closed due to flooding, but have since been reopened.
In Monrovia the owners covered the driveways with sandbags in case the loose slopes above them would collapse. The biggest concern in a rainstorm is for people who live near fire scars such as the Bobcat fire.
Because we tend to get a little more rain in the mountains than we do there, we expect about half an inch of that rain, so we’re a little worried, it’s a lot in one day, Ashley Howey, owner in Monrovia, told the CBSLA late on Sunday night.
The lifeguards of Los Angeles County have also released pictures of the icy slush of Manhattan Beach.
The icy slush on the beach in Manhattan after it rained. 28. December 2020. (Los Angeles County Lifeguards/Twitter)
Heavy rains also forced Ventura County to cancel coronavirus testing at several locations, including Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Liberty Park and Santa Paula.
In the foothills of the antelope valley in the juniper heaps, the snow floated some 4,000 feet with light gusts of wind.
In the San Bernardino Mountains up to 14 inches of snow could be seen, including Big Bear and Wrightwood.
No serious damage or injuries have been reported in the area.
After her victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center, Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted about the fickle weather.
Since when does Cal have thunder and lightning?! He wrote. It’s like coming home! Okay, okay, I like it! I knocked tonight! I hope it takes a few hours.
A low-pressure area in northwestern Southern California is likely to continue to rain throughout the day.
We’ll see a lot of scattered showers in the afternoon and we also expect snow in the mountains, says CBSLA meteorologist Amber Lee.
Coasts and valleys could see up to one inch of rain, the national weather service said, while mountains could see one to two inches.
I think they need a bigger bucket! The owner of a gym in the Sierra Madre is trying to get rid of the rainwater that has accumulated on the tent above her gym after the first major storms hit the Los Angeles area. @CBSNews @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/4kX5FFAcd1
– JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) 28 December 2020
View of fresh snow this morning from Juniper Hills Ca at 4,500 feet. Located south of Pearblossom in the foothills of San Gabriel. Photo shared by Scott Lezak. #cawx #SoCal #LAweather pic.twitter.com/xMiImPKfXq
– NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) 28 December 2020
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