A cool, drizzle, traffic-scarred end to 2021 in California

After a cool, drizzle christmas day, Angelenos gets a quick respite with sunny skies on Sunday before another winter storm rolls in on Monday, which once again soaks the region and promises a cold end to 2021.

“We have a pretty strong cold front on the way through,” said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “It’s going to be pretty cold in December, well below normal.”

The storm – its main front is expected to reach LA County Monday afternoon – could produce 55 mph gusts, up to an inch of precipitation over most of the region and between 5 and 10 inches of snow in the mountains, dropping to just under 4,000 feet, which forecasters said could complicate travel along Interstate 5 through Grapevine.

In northern California, a snowstorm closed a stretch of Interstate 80 from the Nevada state line to Colfax, California, west of Lake Tahoe, on Saturday. The highway remained closed in both directions Sunday morning, and officials said it would remain closed all day. They will reconsider on Monday, officials said, adding that they had no expected time for reopening.

Forecasters said rain showers in the Bay Area, which was spread across the region Sunday morning, is picked up Sunday night and continues until Monday. The precipitation will break late on Monday, forecasters said, but will return Tuesday to Wednesday.

The Sierra Nevada region remains under a winter storm warning until Monday night, said forecasters, and notes that travel in parts of the region will be very difficult, if not impossible. If people absolutely have to travel, officials urged them to have an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle.

Sunday morning, UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reported it it was officially registered 29 inches of snow in the lab over the last 24 hours, bringing the total for the month to 155 inches – almost 13 feet and only 2 feet left to break the record for the snowiest December since 1970, when the measurement was 179 inches .

Back in Los Angeles, mostly sunny skies are expected on Tuesday, but temperatures will remain well below average and hover in the upper 40s and low 50s, Sirard said, noting that in some parts of the region Tuesday may approach record low maximum temperatures for the day.

Another storm is expected to roll in on Wednesday and remain through Thursday, but conditions are expected to be dry on New Year’s Day.

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