California and Arizona were besieged with a powerful winter storm on Monday, bringing snow into areas like Sacramento and Danville, California, for the first time in decades.
The National Weather Service says that flash floods have hit parts of Southern California and Arizona. High winds gusted across Southern California to West Texas.
The West Coast is experiencing a powerful weather front as it pushes its way toward the Midwest. The Sierra Nevada Mountains in California may get as much as 3 feet of snow. Winter storm and blizzard warnings apply from California to Nebraska and Kansas, says the National Weather Service.
Oddly, Sacramento got about one-tenth of an inch of snow on Monday morning. It was the first snow since 1976. Other places like Danville in the East Bay Area got rare overnight snow.
"It's fun," said Tahra Cyr, 37, of Danville to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's too bad it's not going to last longer, because the kids want to go play in it after school."
The Sacramento Bee reported that the Dec. 7 temperatures are the coldest since temperatures have been recorded by the National Weather Service.