Freeze Warnings Issued Throughout SoCal Following Winter Storm Bringing Rare Snow

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Following a storm bringing rain, hail and colder-than-usual temperatures, freeze warnings were issued throughout the Southland early Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued the warnings in the Ventura and Los Angeles County valleys, Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Ynez Valley and along the Central Coast, where farmers have been told to protect their crops. Residents in these areas are also being told to provide proper shelter for pets and livestock who face the risk of hypothermia.

A day after snow fell in some of the least expected places in Southern California — from Thousand Oaks to Pasadena — temperatures are expected to hover around 29 to 32 degrees in areas facing the coldest conditions, forecasters said. In the Ojai Valley, the freezing temperatures are expected to drop as low as 27 degrees.

The freeze warning was expected to expire by 8 a.m. Friday.

On Thursday, snow fell “at elevations rarely seen in Southern California,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. Scattered showers were seen throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties as well as isolated thunderstorms bringing hail.

Some of the cities where show showers were reported include Simi Valley, Calabasas, Pasadena, Northridge and Thousand Oaks, forecasters said.

“Most amazingly, snow was even reported right at some beaches, including Malibu Pier and Leo Carrillo Beach, and near sea level at Fire Station 71 at Point Dume,” reads a National Weather Service statement.

With the wetter weather, the Santa Monica Mountains developed some fresh greenery later Friday morning.

The National Weather Service said there was no snow in downtown Los Angeles, where powder was last seen in 1962. At the time, just a trace of snow was reported over the 2-day period of Jan. 21 to 22.

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