An estimated three to five inches of snow fell on the Antelope Valley floor Thanksgiving Day, with up to nine inches reported in parts of Leona Valley.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm advisory for the mountain areas through 3 p.m. Friday as the Valley’s weather was set to improve.
“As I look at the radar here the cells really are diminishing quickly, and any additional showers, whether they be rain or maybe a mixture, will be very minimal for the rest of the day and through the weekend,” meteorologist Tom Fisher of the National Weather Service in Oxnard said.
Temperatures are expected to increase and reach near-normal levels by Monday, with an estimated 10 degree increase in the high and low temperatures.
“Any next systems we see will have a much higher freezing level, like 7,000 to 8,000 feet,” Fisher said.
The storm system originated in the Gulf of Alaska.
“A lot of times when systems come out of the Gulf of Alaska, they’re more moderated over the ocean,” Fisher said. “This one kind of dropped due south from British Columbia. It didn’t have time for the air mass to really kind of moderate and warm up a touch.”
Fisher did not have official snow levels for the Antelope Valley. Anecdotal reports put snow levels between three to give inches on the Valley floor, and up to nine inches in parts of Leona Valley.
Snow was measured at 34 inches at Mountain High Ski Resort, 24 inches at Frasier Park, 12 to 24 inches at Mount Pinos, and 10 to 15 inches at Mount Baldy, Fisher said.
The extreme weather prompted Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to use the Lancaster and Quartz Hill libraries as emergency winter shelters Wednesday night through this morning. Both libraries were closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Lancaster Library was set to get between 25 and 30 beds, while the Quartz Hill Library was set to get 15 beds. The shelters were a partnership between Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and the Salvation Army, which managed the shelters, through the LA Homeless Services Authority’s Augmented Winter Shelter program.
“Opening these facilities allows us to provide life-saving resources for homeless individuals in our Antelope Valley communities,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
The Los Angele Homeless Services Authority tweeted at 1:53 p.m. Thursday that space was still available at eight shelters, including the Lancaster and Quartz Hill libraries. The number of people experiencing homelessness who used the shelters was not immediately available Friday.