It's Gonna Snow!? How Low Will it Go?
It's cold, it's raining (or about to rain, depending on where you are), and it's going to snow. But just how low will the snow go?
The National Weather Service says we're getting "a very cold storm system" today and tonight, and it's packing "significant and low level snow." In the mountains, they're due for steady snowfall, and when that very cold air mass settles, the snow level will drop to between 500 and 1500 feet tonight and tomorrow.
Hold up a second! That's pretty damn low. Some local perspective: Snow could dust the historic letters of the Hollwyood Sign, says LA Now. The elevation of Mt. Lee, where the sign is perched, is about 1,600 feet. "The Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu may even see snow," notes the AP (via USA Today).
Elsewhere, like in the foothills, snow could cause dangerous conditions for drivers, prompting local authorities to spring into action: "The county's Public Works Department plans to close all county roads within the Station Fire burn area at noon Friday, based on forecasts for snow and icy road conditions," says the Pasadena Star-News. Officials will re-open roads if the conditions are safe. Check current road conditions via the DPW site.
Higher up, at 5,000 feet and above, they're looking to get 1-2 feet of snow, which is great news for those flocking to resorts to ski, snowboard, and make snow angels this weekend.
If the Hollywood Sign is draped in snow, what will that mean come Sunday for the Oscars? It's going to be cold, for sure, but by Sunday evening it should be dry on the red carpet.