Southern California Mountains: Snowstorm Results In 13 Fatalities, Only 1 Weather-related- Intense storms in Southern California’s San Bernardino County cut off mountain villages, resulting in the deaths of thirteen individuals. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, just one of those fatalities—a traffic accident—is now considered weather-related.
The sheriff’s department stated that although preliminary evidence does not suggest that the weather caused the other deaths, those investigations are ongoing.
California had record-breaking snowfall from late February through early March due to snowstorms. In response to “people of mountain villages finding themselves trapped at home or unable to reach home owing to several feet of snow that accumulated over the weekend,” San Bernardino County declared a local emergency on February 27, according to officials.
On Thursday, the sheriff’s office disclosed additional information about some victims.
As the deaths of the other eight victims are being investigated, four of the victims either passed away in a hospital or while receiving hospice care.
According to the agency, several deceased had extensive medical histories or ongoing problems.
According to the sheriff’s office, one of the casualties was a 39-year-old lady hit by a car on February 26 in Fawnskin. According to the sheriff’s office, a 65-year-old lady was discovered dead in her Wrightwood home two days later.
According to the sheriff’s office, a 77-year-old woman was discovered deceased in her Crestline house by her landlord on March 2. A day later, the sheriff’s office reported that a 77-year-old man was found dead in his Valley of Enchantment house during a welfare check that his family had requested.
The sheriff’s office reported that a 33-year-old male was also discovered deceased inside his Arrowbear residence on March 3. The sheriff’s office says a 62-year-old man was found dead in his Big Bear City residence the same day.
Following a welfare check, a 42-year-old woman was discovered deceased in her Big Bear Lake house, and a 96-year-old woman was found dead by a neighbor in her Crestline home, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the sheriff’s office, a 68-year-old man was discovered deceased at his Crestline home on March 8.
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The San Bernardino Mountains received their first blizzard warning in over three decades on February 23 from the National Weather Service. Initially, the weather service predicted a snowfall of up to 5 feet at altitudes as low as 5,000 feet.
According to the governor’s office, workers have cleared San Bernardino County’s highways of more than 7.2 million cubic yards of snow and almost 2,270 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
“We continue to assist our cooperating organizations, who restored utilities last night successfully. Deputies responded to multiple good checks last night; inhabitants were secure, well-fed, and declined to leave. Deputies continue assisting citizens and responding to calls, “the sheriff’s office reported Wednesday.
People have described their terrifying experiences of being stranded and snowed in at their homes with no way in or out.
In the San Bernardino Mountains, Christine Foster told ABC News on Monday that she and her 76-year-old father have been trapped inside their house for 14 days without being allowed to leave and that their food supplies are running low.
“Even shoveling the material is impossible. It is only solid ice. Shovels break easily, “Foster stated over the phone from her Lake Arrowhead home.
Twelve people have died after powerful storms hit Southern California's San Bernardino County and cut off mountain communities, officials say. https://t.co/oed2tpWFYv
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2023
Due to the storm, roughly 600 kids from Orange County’s Irvine Unified School District’s elementary and middle schools could not return from a field trip and were stuck there for the weekend.
More rain and snow will fall as a significant storm strikes California on Thursday and Friday. The San Francisco region will have severe hail, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains will receive additional 5 feet of snowfall.