California and Arizona are not facing freezing temperatures. It could have been worse.
Unseasonable low temperatures would have made power an absolute concern and people would have been facing problems without the benefit of knowing what the public service announcements were stating other than perhaps radio.
January 9, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor GOES West Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)
There are two systems and the worst is probably already delivered. But, the second punch out of the Pacific could bring unwelcome water vapor.
The ICTZ is gone and the turbulence affiliated with that movement of a standard climate structure is considerable. Oddly, the southern hemisphere is hot. There are parts of Australia on fire and cities are under severe heat advisories.