As a robust storm invaded Southern California and the Southwest, snow and icy roads became a widespread sight early Wednesday morning.
The storm was ushered in with harsh winds, resulting in knocked down trees and power outages. In San Francisco, power was cut to thousands on Wednesday due to violent winds and fallen trees tearing through power lines.
For higher elevation areas, heavy snow piled on major roadways and created travel nightmares for drivers. Portions of the Interstate 15 through California in Riverside and San Bernardino counties were closed early Wednesday due to heavy snow. Other roadways also faced similar conditions with more than 100 cars reportedly stuck in snow on Highway 138 near Crestline, California.
Another 100 cars were stranded on Highway 74 near Lakeland Village, California, due to packed snow and lanes littered with downed trees.
I-40 through Arizona also faced closures on Wednesday as crews worked diligently to clear snow and ice from the major roadway.
More than 5 inches of snow fell in two hours on Wednesday morning near Flagstaff, Arizona, bringing some snow totals into the double digits.
Storm snow totals reached as high as 12 inches in Palomar Observatory, California, on Wednesday. Julian, California, roughly 50 miles from San Diego, recorded 9 inches of snow as of 8 a.m. PST Wednesday.
If 0.1 of an inch of snow or more falls on Las Vegas on Wednesday, it will become the snowiest New Year's Eve in the city's record.