Rare SoCal Winter Storm that Brought Snow, Also Brings Floods, Rescues

The biggest concern and focus this weekend was not so much the snow in high elevations as rain-swelled waterways in the lower elevations that have resulted in multiple rescues.

  • As a result of the flash flooding, RVs were reportedly swept into a river in Los Angeles County.
  • The powerful storm is a cold front turbocharged by tropical precipitation.
  • The mix of a warm atmospheric river and cold air from the Gulf of Alaska resulted in high desert communities and Southern California valleys, including Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Valley, getting a  fresh dusting of snow Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
  • The high elevations – in mountains from the Sierra Nevada to Southern California’s Peninsular Ranges that stretch into Mexico, recorded rare snow-fall measure, with nearly 5 feet of snow being recorded at Donner Summit, in the Central Sierras.
  • Three motor homes were reportedly swept into the Santa Clara River on Saturday when an embankment at am RV park collapsed.