SANTA MONICA, Calif.
— Santa Monica, California, will be hit by severe winter conditions that are expected to last until the end of February and could last up to 10 days, Santa Monica Mayor Tom Tait announced Thursday.
Tait said the snowfall is expected to reach 2 feet by Saturday, which is more than 10 feet below average snowfall in the county.
Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Bernardino counties have been hit by a rare snowfall, as well as Los Angeles County and San Diego County, Tait said.
Santa Monica’s mayor said residents have been asked to prepare for severe winter, which could last through March.
The mayor said the city’s snow removal crews are working 24/7 to clear roads, sidewalks and streets.
The city will also use all available resources to prepare and clean up the area, including installing more than 100 snow-removal crews, Tampico Mayor James Siegel said.
There are also plans for more snow to fall in Southern California, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties, he said.
Snowfall is likely to continue through the week, Siegel added.
Santa Monica will be closed Friday to allow residents to clear the streets of snow.
Santa Barbara Mayor Paul Bowers said Santa Monica is already facing severe winter with a winter storm forecast, but there are no plans to close the city.
Santa Catalina and San Fernando are expected, and San Gabriel and Santa Ana are in the mix, Sauerberg said.
The National Weather Service in Santa Barbara, California is also expecting snowfall of 2 to 3 feet by the end the week.
A severe winter storm warning is also in effect for Santa Monica and Santa Cruz counties.
Santa Cruz County is expecting a 1 to 2 inch snowfall and Santa Monica a 1.5 to 3 inch snow.