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Powerful system bringing heavy snow, rain, and isolated tornadoes from California to the southern Plains


Businesses should prepare for possible disruptions and logistical issues as a strong storm brings heavy rain, snow, and isolated tornadoes through the weekend.

Key Highlights

Threats: heavy rain, heavy snow, damaging winds, flooding, blizzard conditions, isolated tornadoes, hail, travel hazards, business disruptions

States affected: CA, NV, AZ, OK, TX, AK, KS

When: Thursday, February 23 - Sunday, February 26


AccuWeather’s expert meteorologists are warning businesses about a strong storm that is bringing heavy rain, snow, possible blizzard conditions, and powerful winds to California through the weekend. Businesses should prepare for significant business disruptions and travel impacts from this storm. 

Accumulating snow will fall across the lower elevations of California. There will be so much cold air with this storm that snow levels are forecast to drop as low as 1,000 feet in some locations. Strong winds are creating blizzard conditions across the southern Sierra Nevada and the mountains of southern California. There is also a risk of avalanches in the mountains. 

Dangerous storm brings rish of rare bizzard conditions, heavy rain to California

Businesses should be concerned about significant travel and logistical impacts from heavy snow and rain. Also, prepare for road closures where the heaviest snow falls.

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Up to 4 inches of rain can fall across a portion of coastal southern California, which could lead to flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 12 inches. 

Dangerous storm brings rish of rare bizzard conditions, heavy rain to California

The storm will move out of the Southwest and into the southern Plains, where there is a risk of a severe weather outbreak Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. Severe storms could produce downpours, hail, damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 90mph. 


Businesses in the path of this storm should be prepared for the following: 

  • Be prepared for business disruptions, travel disruptions, and logistical issues from snow-covered and flooded roads
  • Take precautions if your warehouse is in a low-lying area; loss of Inventory due to flooding is possible 
  • Retail: Shovel and salt walkways, dry high-traffic areas inside near entrances, and keep all floors clear to help prevent falls and reduce liability
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers

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No matter the forecast - snow and ice, heavy rain, or flooding - AccuWeather's forecasts are more accurate, detailed, localized, customized, and often issued further ahead than all other sources. As a result, businesses will operate more efficiently, minimize the risk of reputational harm, and, most importantly, keep your teams and customers safer.

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