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Powerful Storm Pounds Southern California With Rain And Snow

by Cathy Drummond

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local / see Refreshments

Powerful storm pounds Southern California with rain and snow.  Well, in 1973 Songwriter Albert Hammond both wrote and sung a song called, “It Never Rains In Southern California.” One stanza goes a little something like this.

Seems it never rains in southern California

Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before

It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya?

It pours, man, it pours

Well, tell it to the Weatherman. He now knows, like the rest of Southern California.  The Los Angeles Times reports that Southern California was inundated with rain, snow, and a tornado which was rare. A back to back cold front which originated in the Gulf of Alaska. It arrived on Christmas day. Stayed in the area for one night, then moved on. While in the Southern California area this severe weather system brought flooding to freeways, and snow across the entire area. The system closed several freeways for considerable time.

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the Southern California back on Christmas Day. In addition to a possible tornado touching down in the severe area warning, along with the rain and the snow. And although the storm was moving fast, it packed a wallop. The California Basin was not severely impacted by the snow. It was the falling rain which did most of the damage in that area. The rain prompted the closing of the Southbound lanes on the 715 Freeway near Slauson Avenue which caused that highway to be closed too. Rocks fell near Malibu’s Canyon Road. No other damage in the Malibu area was reported.

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According to the Sacramento Bee the weather system caused “blustery” weather. And combined with the cold, it produced a wintry mess. This produced snow which snarled and even eventually “stopped” traffic. This included both Interstate 5 near Tejon Pass and Interstate 15 east near Cajon Pass. According to the Sacramento Bee, as well, both roadways have since opened.

 

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