Southern California braces for first blizzard warning in 30 years | USA TODAY

The rare blizzard warning is the first to be issued in Southern California since 1989, according to The National Weather Service.

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Southern California continued Thursday to brace Thursday for a rare blizzard as a winter storm moved into the mountains above Los Angeles overnight. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles said Wednesday the blizzard warning is believed to be the first issued for the area since 1989.

Winter weather and storm warnings also encompassed large swaths elsewhere in the state, which joined over 24 million people across more than two dozen states under blizzard, winter storm, wind chill and freeze warnings Thursday, according to the weather service.

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