Southern California, long famed for its mild, comfortable temperatures and sunny weather throughout the year, may not be the ideal winter destination this time. The region is facing an unusual spell of cold weather this winter, which means that many prospective tourists may set their sights elsewhere if they’re looking for an escape from the chilly winds and heavy snowfall that have recently come to the Midwest and the Northeast. In years past, southern California has been one of the most popular destinations for winter travelers – the warm weather combined with the huge number of theme parks including Disneyland and Legoland mean that the area is crowded year-round.
The usually crowded beaches and parks have been deserted lately, though, as record low temperatures have moved into the area as a result of a winter storm. The thermometer in Lancaster, CA hit an all-time record low of 16 degrees on Sunday, and many residents were caught unprepared. This area rarely sees temperatures below the low 50s or high 40s, even in winter, so many residents do not even own clothes suitable for the frigid temperatures that they experienced this weekend. As a result, the few people seen outside were bundled up in several layers of shirts and sweaters – and, frequently, ski jackets and face masks to deal with the piercing cold winds. These cold temperatures are expected to last for at least a week, but may stick around longer depending on when the next warm front arrives. Residents are hoping it will be soon