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Continuing blizzard hammers California’s Sierra Nevada with heavy snowfall and perilous winds

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California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range is currently being pounded by an ongoing blizzard, with heavy snow and dangerous winds creating treacherous conditions across Northern California and parts of Nevada. The blizzard, which began on Thursday, has brought relentless snowfall and hurricane-force winds to the region, causing widespread disruptions and challenges for residents and travelers.

The blizzard warnings were set to remain effective through at least midnight on Sunday, with winter storm warnings in effect for a larger portion of Northern California until early Wednesday morning. Areas at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada mountains were experiencing blizzard conditions, with forecasters predicting 1 to 2 feet of snow at elevations as low as 4,000 feet. In addition, communities in the upper foothills were expected to receive 1 to 4 inches of snow, along with strong wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour.

Despite a slight easing of the storm on Sunday, meteorologists are anticipating another round of dangerous winter weather on Monday. An additional 2 to 4 feet of snow is expected to fall in higher elevations on Monday and Tuesday, with travel likely to be extremely difficult or impossible due to white-out conditions and near-zero visibility.

The impacts of the blizzard are being felt across the region, with the Weather Prediction Center warning of extremely heavy snowfall rates and strong winds exceeding 100 mph in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The storm has forced a shutdown of Interstate 80 and left tens of thousands of homes without power. Avalanche dangers in the backcountry are high to extreme, posing a significant risk to communities in the affected areas.

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As the storm continues to wreak havoc, residents are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary travel in the affected regions. Travel delays, road closures, power outages, and downed trees are anticipated, making it crucial for individuals to stay prepared and informed about the evolving weather conditions. The safety and well-being of residents and travelers remain a top priority as the blizzard continues to impact California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range.

In conclusion, the ongoing blizzard in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains is a stark reminder of the power and unpredictability of nature. As residents and officials work to navigate the challenges posed by this extreme weather event, it is essential to stay vigilant, informed, and prepared for any potential hazards that may arise.报道结束。

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It is a rare thing in our rapidly secularizing country to be confronted with piety and devotion in popular culture. So it was a surprise, and a balm, to watch a man who prays daily and talks openly about his devout faith storm a bastion of earthly godlessness: “Saturday Night Live.”

I am referring, of course, to the comedian Ramy Youssef, who hosted the show on what he described in his opening monologue as “an incredibly spiritual weekend,” noting Ramadan, Easter and the arrival of a new Beyoncé album.

“I’m doing the Ramadan one,” he quipped, to peals of laughter, unspooling a very funny bit about how loving Muslims are. Youssef has mined his experience as a believer among the profane in gentle standup specials and a namesake sitcom. His entire monologue glowed with a welcoming warmth — Muslims, he seemed to say: We’re just like you.

In a country that is supposedly obsessed with diversity and inclusion, it is remarkable how rare it is to hear from a practicing Muslim in America.

Surveys by the Institute for Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan research organization focused on Muslim Americans, have consistently found that Muslims are the most likely group to report religious discrimination in the United States. According to a Pew survey conducted in 2021, 78 percent of Americans said that there was either a lot or some discrimination against Muslims in our society. Muslims are no more likely to commit crimes than members of any other group, but crimes in which Muslims are suspects get outsized media coverage, research has shown.

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It is no surprise, then, that Islamophobia is perhaps the most tolerated form of religious prejudice. Right now, Senate Republicans appear to have persuaded several Senate Democrats to vote against a Muslim judicial nominee after smearing him, with no evidence at all, as an antisemite.

Many of the skits that toyed with religion on “S.N.L.” on Saturday were funny — Ozempic for Ramadan! Genius. But part of me winced through them as well, because I saw in Youssef something that other members of minority groups have had to do to “earn” their place in the safety of the mainstream: the performance of normalcy, of being nonthreatening and sweet, the requirement to prove that your community belongs in America just like everyone else’s.

I loved Youssef’s monologue, in which he bravely pleaded, “Please, free the people of Palestine. And please, free the hostages. All of the hostages.”

“I am out of ideas,” Youssef declared toward the end of his monologue. “All I have is prayers.”

To which this nonbeliever can only say: Same, Ramy. Same.

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