Rain showers returned to much of the Southland on Tuesday, bringing chilly weather to the region and even some hail to the Pasadena area following an early February heat wave.
Cold low pressure from near the Fresno area dropped toward southwest California, bringing in a winter storm along with a few showers and much cooler conditions, the National Weather Service said.
Although moisture is sparse, an increase in showers were expected this afternoon in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Rainfall amounts under 0.33 inches and up to 0.50 inches in areas with heavier showers were expected.
Pasadena received some hail in the early evening, with nearly 1 inch of small hail accumulation as of about 5 p.m., NWS said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed parts of the Rose Bowl field blanketed with what appeared to be snow but was actually hail.
Some of the strongest shower activity as of 5 p.m. was over El Monte and Whittier. Heavy downpours with small hail were expected to move southeast toward Hacienda Heights, La Habra Heights, and the City of Industry through 5:45 p.m., the NWS said.
Highway impacted by the storm Tuesday evening include the 60, I-10, and the 605 Freeway, according to the weather service.
As of about 5:30 p.m., all L.A. County beaches were closed due to lightning. Lifeguards were clearing the water and advising patrons on the beach to seek shelter immediately.
Lighting flashes were expected, along with brief, small hail or groupel, the agency said earlier in the day.
There will be wind gusts in the valleys and along the coast, at about 25 to 30 mph, according to the weather service.
It will be especially windy in the mountains, with wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph expected.
Snow levels in mountain areas will drop to about 3,500 feet, which could result in slick, icy roads over the I-5 Grapevine area late Tuesday. About 1 to 2 inches of snow is projected to fall above 4,500 feet, mainly in the San Gabriel mountains.
The temperature changes are stark in comparison to previous days. As of 1 p.m. Monday, some parts of the coast were around 15 to 25 degrees lower than the same time Sunday.
“Our dear friend the marine layer is keeping things especially chilly along the central coast,” the NWS said in a tweet.