Winter Thunderstorm Slams Southland, Brings Drenching Rain, Heavy Snow – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – People across Southland were awakened early Monday morning by pouring rain and heavy lightning amid a thunderstorm that rocked the region.

Snow in Lebec, California, December 28, 2020. (CBSLA)

The winter thunderstorm that hit the Southland on Monday morning brought flash floods into the valleys and snow into the mountains. It also created slippery roads that caused problems for morning commuters.

In Studio City, the storm knocked a large branch in at least one car on Hoffman Street and Radford Avenue. In Mission Hills, several lanes of the 118 Freeway, east of the 405 Freeway, were blocked due to flooding, but have since reopened.

And in La Mirada and Whittier, the residents got hail, covering the streets and houses in white, delighting children and adults alike.

“It’s really fun,” said Madeline Puente. “It is very cold!”

In Monrovia, homeowners lined their driveways with sandbags in case the loosened slopes gave way overhead. The main concern during the rainstorm is those who live near burn scars like the Bobcat Fire.

“Because we’re in the mountains, we tend to get a little more rain than down, so we’re expecting about three-quarters of an inch with that rainstorm, so we’re a little bit concerned, that’s a lot in a day,” said Ashley Howie, Monrovia homeowner, across from CBSLA late Sunday night.

Los Angeles County’s lifeguards also posted photos of freezing slush on Manhattan Beach.

Icy slush on Manhattan Beach after the rainstorm. December 28, 2020 (Los Angeles County Lifeguards / Twitter)

The heavy rain also forced Ventura County to abandon coronavirus testing at multiple locations, including Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Freedom Park and Santa Paula.

Snow depths were 4,000 feet and a light dust of snow was seen in the Antiperope Valley foothill community in Juniper Hills.

San Bernardino mountain areas like Big Bear and Wrightwood could see up to 14 inches of snow.

There were no reports of serious damage or injury in the area.

After beating the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center, Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted about the unstable weather himself.

“So when did So Cal have thunder and light? !!” he wrote. “Feel at home! Ok ok i like it! Knocked tonight! I hope it takes a couple of hours. “

A low pressure system northwest of Southern California likely brought scattered rain throughout the day.

“It will continue to induce many more isolated showers as we near afternoon and we are also looking at the mountain snow,” said CBSLA meteorologist Amber Lee.

The coasts and valleys could see up to an inch of rain, the National Weather Service reported, while the mountains could see an inch or two.

I think they need a bigger bucket! The Sierra Gym owner is trying to remove all of the rainwater that has accumulated on her outdoor gym tent in Sierra Madre after the first major storm in the LA area. @CBSNews @CBSLA

– JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) December 28, 2020

A view of fresh snow this morning from Juniper Hills Ca at 4500 feet. The hotel is south of Pearblossom in the San Gabriel foothills. Photo shared by Scott Lezak. #cawx #SoCal #LAweather

– NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 28, 2020

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