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Storm rain, snow deluge SoCal

SNOW and rain are deluging Southern California (Shutterstock).

What’s being called one of the strongest storms ever to to hit the area dumped a river of rain and snow across Southern California on Saturday.

Snowfall came as low as 1,000 feet and the Santa Clarita area was blanketed with snow.

About 120,00 utility customers in the SoCal area lost electrical power, many streets were flooded and some freeways in mountainous areas were closed down by the California Highway Patrol.

Locally, the weather cancelled the annual West Garden Grove Youth Baseball Parade and interfered with some high school playoff contests.

There will be a break in the wet and cold weather on Sunday, but another winter storm is expected to hit the area on Monday.

More to worry about in Ukraine war

RUSSIAN and Ukrainian forces have been fighting for a year. (Shutterstock).

Russia does not have many allies in its invasion of Ukraine and the U.S. and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky want it to stay that way.

But, according to The New York Times, China might be considering lending Moscow a hand, or worse. Chinese leader Xi Jinping will host President Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus in three weeks.

That nation is located on the borders of both Russia and Ukraine, and Belarus is one of the few European nations supporting Russia. The Moscow government would love to get military supplies from China, perhaps through Belarus.

China has declared itself neutral, but many are skeptical.

Sports: Historic but no victory

Friday’s game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers was not only a battle between the top two teams in the NBA Pacific Division, but turned out to be an assault on the record books.

The Kings prevailed 176-175 in a double overtime game that was the second-highest scoring game in NBA history. Russell Westbrook, recently a Los Angeles Laker, had a strong “debut” as he scored 17 points, 14 assists and five rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime.

With the loss, the Clips fell into third place, leapfrogged by the Phoenix Suns.

Weather: Storms take a break Sunday

West Garden Grove’s wet Saturday should give way to mostly cloudy skies on Sunday. The daytime high will be 56 with an overnight low of 46. Rain is expected to return on Monday with a high of 55 and a low of 45. For Tuesday, the outlook is for afternoon and evening showers with a high of 58 and a low of 49. The situation reverses on Wednesday with morning showers with a high of 57 and a 39 low.

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