The Blizzard which hit Los Angeles and California

A large, deep area of low pressure poured into the Pacific just off the West Coast, blanketing California with snowstorms as far north as Los Angeles

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The Blizzard which hit Los Angeles and California

A large, deep area of low pressure poured into the Pacific just off the West Coast, blanketing California with snowstorms as far north as Los Angeles. It was fueled by the same air mass in action on the northern states of the USA, which to a lesser extent managed to push south until it touched the Mexican border.
And all this as the north of the US grapples with an intense wave of frost and snow that has plunged temperatures to well over -30C towards the Canadian border.

Real snowstorms are unloading on the mountain areas around Los Angeles, where it is expected that up to two meters of snow will fall until Saturday, with serious repercussions on road connections. However, snow falls at very low altitudes in much of California, even on the hilly areas of Los Angeles.

Temperatures also fell sharply in the western USA and an intense disturbance developed from the center of depression which still involves at least two thirds of California with even violent phenomena.

Los Angeles weather

Los Angeles, located in Southern California, enjoys a climate comparable to that of the Mediterranean.

Given the size of the territory it covers, following the Köppen climate classification, in the coastal area of the city the climate corresponds to the Csb climate group, while in the hinterland to the Csa group. The city receives the minimum annual rainfall necessary to fall outside the arid climate group.

Los Angeles enjoys abundant sunshine, with an annual average of only 35 rainy days. It should be noted how the contrast between the warm air of the nearby Mojave desert and the colder air of the Pacific gives rise, especially between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, to thick and overcast fogs, above all along the it costs.

This phenomenon is locally referred to as May Gray or June Gloom. The warmest months are the summer months, and in the rest of the year the city is never affected by situations of intense cold. The city typically enjoys dry, warm weather during the fall and early winter days thanks to the Santa Ana winds, which originate in inland Southern California and often start large forest fires.