LA Remains Under Historic Blizzard Warning—While Nearly 500,000 Are Without Power In Michigan


Portions of Southern California remain under blizzard warnings and nearly 500,000 people are without power in Michigan because of heavy snow and record rainfall in both regions, according to the National Weather Service, as additional power outages and more rain are forecast through the weekend.

Key Facts

Blizzard warnings in parts of Southern California—including areas surrounding Los Angeles and Ventura counties—remain Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, with forecasts of up to a foot of snow and winds up to 80 mph.

Flash flood warnings were issued Saturday morning for an estimated 1 million people in areas around Los Angeles, Glendale and Santa Clarita.

Parts of Interstate 5—California’s longest interstate—remained closed Saturday morning.

Big Number

469,681. That’s how many people are without power in Michigan as of 11:15 a.m. Saturday, according to DTE Energy—Michigan’s largest electricity company—expects more power outages to be resolved after the state was affected by an ice storm this week, as it had already restored power to more than 330,000 people as of Saturday morning.

What To Watch For

Periods of “heavy rain and mountain snow” will continue in California through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, as the state expects to endure more power outages throughout the day. Heavy rain has resulted in some cities, like San Diego, issuing flood watches amid forecasts of nearly three inches of rainfall through the weekend.

Surprising Fact

The National Weather Service last issued a blizzard warning for Los Angeles in 1989. Several daily rainfall records were also broken Friday in portions of California, according to the National Weather Service. Los Angeles International Airport recorded 1.23 inches of rainfall, breaking a record of 0.75 inches set in 2008. Rainfall of 4.61 inches was set at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, breaking a previous record of 3.07 inches set in 1998. In Camarillo, a previous record of 0.66 inches set in 1941 was broken with 1.43 inches of rainfall Friday.