From avalanches to record snowfall, a series of winter storms this week pummeled the Golden State with road closures, mudslides, and rapid water rescues. When the storm clouds clear, ski conditions will be epic, but, in the meantime, residents up and down the state are dealing with hazardous conditions.
A series of back-to-back storms dropped several feet of snow in the California mountains from Big Bear to Tahoe. Low snow levels forced authorities to close several highways from the I-80 in Placer County to the full closure of the Golden State (5) Freeway at the Grapevine Thursday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said. The 5, is a major artery for travel between Los Angeles County and Northern California, and authorities did not have an immediate estimate for when it would reopen Thursday. Drivers were advised to avoid the area or expect significant delays.
The I-80remained closed due to poor visibility and heavy snow from the Nevada state line to Placer County, California, According to the Associated Press.
Further south, at least 27 people were rescued from a campground in Malibu, where downpours triggered flooding and mudslides.
This is Leo Carrillo camp grounds in Malibu. Heavy presence of fire equipment. Multiple stranded families rescued #Muddy #LARain #swiftwater @MPrepardness @LHSLASD @Cal_OES @LACoFDPIO
Due to the severe flooding at Leo Carrillo campground in Malibu along PCH, LA County Fire Department’s Search & Rescue Team is rescuing stranded campers with their boat! CHP is on
— CHP – West Valley
Here is how California is dealing with the snow:
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LA skyline, the morning after Christmas storm, 2021 (Photo by Gary Blasi) pic.twitter.com/K3ZjNStJy0
— Victor Narro (@NarroVictor) December 29, 2021
Heavy snow along U.S. 50 caused eastbound traffic to back up for miles Tuesday in Pollock Pines, California. Some motorists were able to exit their cars occasionally to stretch their legs. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)
Jonas Pao, left, and Phela Durosinmi, of Palo Alto, California, had time to build a snowman on the highway median while traffic was at a standstill along eastbound US 50 in Pollock Pines, California, Tuesday. ( Randall Benton/AP)
Jasmine DeGuzman 12, left, and her sisters Rachael 12, and Camille 7 shiver in the snow as their father Raymond DeGuzman of Hayward, Calif. removes snow chains from his tires in Camino, California, Tuesday. The DeGuzmans turned back short of their destination as heavy snow caused eastbound traffic along US 50 to a crawl. (Randall Benton/AP)
Rob Hager, of Redwood City, Calif., removes tir