Winter storm blasts California

Storm brings, snow, tornadoes and much needed rain

February 20, 2013


A winter storm in California brought snow in the Sierras, tornadoes, and much need rain for the Bay area.

Snow and icy conditions caused California Highway Patrol to close a 60- mile stretch of Highway 58 in kern county between Mojave and the 184 Freeway, near Bakersfield. Conditions were so bad that officers could not get onto the highway to assist with the closures. Hundreds of drivers were left stranded in the snow, but no injuries were reported.

Meantime, parts of the 5 Freeway were shut down both north and southbound. A stretch of the I-5 north of Cajon Pass was also closed due to icy conditions.

In the Sacramento area, a storm out of the Gulf of Alaska brought tornadoes to Tehama and Glenn counties while Hamilton City was pelted by hail. The tornadoes were described as “weak” by meteorologist Johnnie Powell, who said the wind speeds were between 40 and 70 mph. Little or no damage was reported.


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