The Wider World

Snow strands many in state

CABINS in Yosemite National Park, where snow is up to 10 feet deep (National Park Service).

Orange County maybe be comfortable with the mildly cool weather that greets us as we go into March, but large areas of California are up to their knees in snow, slush and disorder.

According to The New York Times, winter storm warnings are in effect from Saturday morning through Monday morning in northern parts of the state. The higher the elevation, the deeper the snow, in some cases up to four feet.

Even in Southern California, there’s been danger, with rescues needed for people trapped in the San Bernardino Mountains where snowfall piled up to 10 feet.

Some people – especially tourists in the Big Bear resort area – are snowed in without enough food, water or medicine. It’s difficult to flee down to lower and warmer climes, with roads impassable.

Atty. Gen. Garland visits Ukraine

MERRICK GARLAND, Attorney General.

Following in the train tracks of President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Friday, meeting with government officials and seeking to reassure that American support for their battle against Russian invaders was strong, according to United Press International.

He was invited by Ukraine’s top prosecutor/

Also in the news … The lesion that was removed from President Joe Biden’s chest last month was cancerous, but no more treatment is required, said his doctor on Friday.

Sports: Lakers, Clips lose; Ducks win

The Los Angeles Lakers lost 110-102 to the Minnesota Timberwolves at home, keeping them (30-33) from rising to 10th place in the Western Conference and a potential spot in the post-season.

Anthony Davis had a monster night, scoring 38 points for the home team, including four three-pointers. He added five rebounds and two assists. But the next highest Laker scorer was Malik Beasley with 15 points. 

The Wolves (33-32) were more balanced, with five players scoring in double figures.

In Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers suffered another narrow loss, falling 128-127 to the Kings. Paul George scored 28 and Russell Westbrook 27, but it wasn’t enough as the Clips (33-33) lost their fifth straight game and dropped them into eighth place in the Western Conference.

The Anaheim Ducks were the sole winner on Friday night, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Honda Center. Jakob Silfverberg scored what proved to be the winning goal as Ducks improved to  21-34-8 (50 points) and climbed out of last place in  the NHL Pacific Division.

Weather: It’s clouds for days

Our fluffy airborne friends – clouds – will be with us in the West Orange County area for a while. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies on Saturday with a daytime high of 60 and an overnight low of 48. Sunday will be similar with a high of 60 and a low of 46. Monday becomes partly cloudy with a high of 61 and a low of 43. Tuesday brings mostly sunny skies with a high of 62 and a low of 43.

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