The US was bookended by a late-season storm this week, with commuters in the Northeast facing a messy morning and Californians dealing with continued rain and snowfall throughout the week. The brunt of the storm hit the Boston area Tuesday morning, with a warning in effect for parts of the Northeast. Flight cancellations and delays were largely concentrated in the Northeast, with Boston reporting an expected 5 inches (13 centimeters) of snow.
A video posted to Twitter by Good Morning America showed a highly unusual amount of snowfall in Southern California.
Meanwhile, many mountain residents in California found themselves trapped over the weekend. A cold weather alert was declared for valley and mountain areas north of Los Angeles, with storms continuing to move through the state until the end of Wednesday. A number of power outages and road closures consequently occurred, with many mountain passes deemed impassable due to snow and ice.
The storm was a reminder of how quickly the weather can change, and how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected. Ideas for preparation include being aware of the forecast, creating an emergency kit, and having a plan in place in case of an emergency. It’s also important to stay up to date on any road closures or other travel advisories, as the weather can change quickly and cause delays.