A cold front moved across Southern California Friday, bringing with it high winds, hail, scattered showers and pounding surf, and dropping snow on the mountains.
Wind gusts of up to 60 mph were expected in area mountains, with slightly less powerful gusts in the Antelope Valley and coast areas.
Gale-force winds were predicted to make for dangerous conditions on the ocean, according to the National Weather Service. The Ventura Pier was damaged Friday morning amid what the weather service called the “largest surf event of the season so far.”
Coastal flooding was predicted, with a large northwest swell peaking Friday night and Saturday morning.
Near-freezing and sub-freezing temperatures were expected overnight while a cold air mass remains in place over the weekend.
In addition to predicted rain and snow above 4,500 feet, thunderstorms were also possible.
In Big Bear, hundreds of people could be seen making their way to the mountain and stopping along the way to put chains on their tires -- a requirement Friday for the surrounding roads.
Video posted to Bear Mountain's Facebook page showed the area had been blanketed with snow.
The weather service warned about deadly lightning, hail and dense fog at higher elevations.
KTLA's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.