John Wheeler: It's been stormy in sunny southern California
This weather pattern is delivering heavy rain, mountain snow, fierce wind, floods, and avalanches.
FARGO — Sunny southern California has been anything but sunny this weekend. The general North American weather pattern is delivering a series of cold storms down the West Coast and into the southern part of California. Coastal areas have had several days of rain with heavy rain at times along with very strong wind with gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Temperatures in coastal areas have ranged from the 30s at night to around 50 degrees during the afternoons.
The San Gabriel Mountains just north of Los Angeles have been in a blizzard warning with several feet of snow and wind gusts to 70 mph. The freezing level in the mountains has dropped down to 1,500 feet at times. these fluctuating temperatures combined with heavy snow and rain has created a high risk for avalanches. The weather is expected to remain cold and stormy throughout the week.