Incredible snowfall in the California mountains has everyone talking.

Back-to-back winter storms in California have dumped so much snow that some residents can not even see out their windows. In San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles, around-the-clock plowing is underway, but it could take more than a week to reach some areas, said Dawn Rowe, chair of the county’s board of supervisors. There has been as much as 7 feet (2 meters) of snow in certain areas, and 17 rescue operations have been carried out to assist off-roaders and skiers. Help is on the way to those in need, according to emergency personnel. On Wednesday, Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino and 12 other counties, making state agencies and services accessible and asking for federal help in clearing and rebuilding roadways in support of disaster relief. On Wednesday, as safety inspectors were checking out reported damage at Goodwin and Sons Market in Crestline, the entire roof collapsed. The governor announced that the state was bringing in more snow plows and road crews to help clear roads, and he authorized the California National Guard to mobilize for disaster response if needed. Rowe claimed no one was hurting, and added, “We know that roofs are starting to collapse.” Officials rushed to save food that locals desperately need off its shelves. The county has established a hotline for households experiencing difficulties such as frozen pipes, roof damage, and food scarcity as a result of the snowfall. There is a considerable permanent population in the little villages and settlements spread out along the winding roads and lakes of the San Bernardino Mountains, which are a popular tourist and leisure destination. David Wert, a county spokesman, estimated that 80,000 people live in the impacted areas full or part time. As the mountain town continued to dig out, relief was on the way, with most of California anticipating drier weather on Thursday. Blizzard warnings in the Sierra Nevada have expired, and a key mountain section of Interstate 5, a major north-south highway, reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed due to snowy conditions. Retiree Anthony Cimino, 51, said he has been snowed in for about a week in the mountain community of Running Springs. The decks he had cleared were quickly covered again. “I woke up this morning and there was another two and a half feet on them,” he claimed. Residents of these communities are dealing with so much snow that they are running out of room to store it; removing one area just adds piles to another, making the situation seem like Groundhog Day. On Tuesday, several shoppers discovered that their local supermarket was out of bread and that supplies of eggs and milk were dwindling. Roads were blocked and cars were still covered in snow. At the Big Bear Lake house of David and Kelli G3ra, the snow on the roof had reached the ground. They dug in for the most part, but David G3ra said, “We’ve been through some big storms â but this is just unreal.” They shoveled a little space so their dogs could go outdoors. While the West Coast dealt with wintry weather, forecasters warned that a new, powerful weather system will affect most of the lower 48 states this week. This week, Portland, Oregon was hit with historic snowfall, ice, and cold temperatures, bringing much of the city to a standstill and causing at least two suspected hypothermia deaths. Meteorologist David Roth predicts 6–12 inches (15–30 centimeters) of snow for upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire by the end of the week. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service predicts record high temperatures for the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley on Wednesday and possible tornadoes for the southern Plains and mid-South on Thursday. If you are coming up from the L.A. region to play in the snow, Rowe recommends bringing enough food and supplies for two weeks just in case you get trapped. An avalanche damaged a three-story apartment complex on Tuesday evening northwest of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, on the California-Nevada border, and more snow is predicted in the coming weeks, according to the local sheriff’s office. There were no reported casualties, but plans to reopen Yosemite National Park on Thursday had to be scrapped because of the severe snowfall. The snowfall was anticipated to cease in California on Wednesday afternoon after another foot or two (30-60 cm) fell. As the storm moved eastward Wednesday morning, snow began falling in Arizona, and by Thursday morning, as much as 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow was expected to fall in northern Arizona. More than a foot of fresh snow fell in Flagstaff by Wednesday evening, adding to what was already well above average for the winter season. Flagstaff real estate agent Erin Irwin used a shovel and snow machine to clean her driveway, while long portions of major highways, including Interstates 40 and 17, were closed, as were public schools in the mountain city and several government buildings. There have been 12 snow days since January, and you would think her three kids, aged 11, 14, and 16, would be overjoyed by this. They seem to have moved on from it. Irwin lamented, “They have no interest in going outside to play.” The Sierra snowpack is responsible for supplying nearly one-third of California’s water needs, yet the dog is the only one that still enjoys playing in the snow. Snowpack water content on Tuesday was 186% of normal for this time of year in a state that has been struggling with drought for years, according to online data from the state Department of Water Resources. The next, larger weather system was expected to spread across much of the country on Thursday, and areas like the lower Mississippi Valley and the Tennessee Valley could see heavy rain, thunderstorms, and some flash flooding. Recent storms across the country have delayed travel, closed schools, and overwhelmed crews trying to dig out of the snow and repair downed power lines. Temperatures could reach 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) in far south Texas, and windy, dry conditions would create a critical risk of wildfire in parts of the Southwest for the next few days. Michigan, which is still recuperating from ice storms, had over 26,000 people without power on Wednesday night, while California had over 100,000.

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