Long Beach Advised to Prepare for a Winter Storm

A winter storm expected to last through Saturday is forecast for Los Angeles and Ventura counties with rain predicted to drop on Long Beach late Thursday night and through the weekend.

The storm will likely bring heavy snow and gusty winds to the mountains of Ventura and LA tonight through Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The possibility of mudslides in the recent burn areas have also prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Santa Barbara County, according to KPCC. 

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) requested the Long Beach Fire Department’s River/Flood Rescue Task Force deploy to the Montecito area—which saw entire neighborhoods destroyed by a December fire and nearly two dozen people killed by mudslides last month.

In a tweet, the LBFD said a task force of 15 Fire & Marine Safety personnel departed the city this morning in anticipation of a forecasted rain event.

LBFD officials also encouraged residents to plan ahead and posted the addresses of neighborhood fire stations where residents can pick up sandbags.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.