Winter Storm Warnings Issued for 2 SoCal Counties

Winds could gust up to 65 mph in some areas, and snow is expected to fall in the 3,000-foot range

By Kyler Jae
|  Friday, Dec 6, 2013  |  Updated 2:50 PM PDT
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Winter Storm Warnings Issued for SoCal

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Cold weather lashed Southern California Friday as a winter storm swept over the state, bringing with it rain, snow and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings to go into effect in Riverside and San Bernardino counties 10 a.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday in preparation for winds that are expected to reach up to 60 mph.

Winter storm warnings will go into effect in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the same time frame.

Snow is expected to fall above 3,000 feet by Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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The strongest winds are expected Saturday night along the Grapevine, and may be as strong as 65 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Farmers scrambled to protect their crops from below freezing temperatures, as detailed by NBC4 in a report Tuesday.

"They're like a popsicle inside," said one California farmer after his persimmons froze overnight.

But the cold snap was not bad news for all Southern Californians. Ski resorts, including Snow Summit and Mountain High, have opened for business, and, according to the National Weather Service, should expect more snow over the weekend.

While Southern California was in the grip of a chilly storm, the weather was much harsher across other parts of the nation. Ice storms on Friday were blanketing parts of the South and Midwest .

Those storms brought single-digit temperatures, knocked out power to an estimated 250,000 customers and created hazardous conditions on ice-slicked roads, NBC News reports.

More than a dozen cars slid off New Mexico highways due to icy conditions, according to NBC News.

The weather created significant delays for travelers, including those in Southern California. LAX has cancelled several flights to Dallas because of ice, according to Flightstats.com

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