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Rare California cold, storm leaves hundreds of thousands without electricity

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Los Angeles: On Saturday, storms continued to batter areas of California, pouring hail and rain in the flatlands while dumping snow at higher elevations.

Almost 85,000 homes and businesses lacked power in the Los Angeles area, Reuters reported.

According to the California Department of Transportation, several more southern points of the motorway in and around Los Angeles were closed due to flooding, while Interstate 5, the largest highway leading north out of the city, remained closed at the steep grade known as the Grapevine due to heavy snow.

The National Weather Service advised residents of Sacramento, the state capital, to avoid travel from Sunday through Wednesday as rain and snow resumed after a respite on Saturday. In Northern California, San Francisco was anticipated to endure record-low temperatures on Saturday.

“Extreme impacts from heavy snow & winds will cause extremely dangerous to impossible driving conditions & likely widespread road closures & infrastructure impacts!” the weather service agency said on Twitter.

The following storm system is anticipated to arrive on Sunday and produce wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph) in the Sacramento Valley and up to 70 mph in the close-by Sierra Nevada mountains. Due to the harsh winter weather, Yosemite National Park was closed until Wednesday.

Weather experts claimed that a significant low-pressure system that was driven from the Arctic was to blame for the unexpected weather. It is a rare case of such cold and storm in Southern California in this season.

Even before the most recent storm, a large portion of California had been dealing with an unusually wet and chilly winter that began with a string of deadly “atmospheric river” storms that unleashed widespread flooding, felled trees, and caused mudslides in a state long afflicted by drought and wildfires.

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