In the nearby celebrity haven of Calabasas, actor Jerry O’Connell recorded video of himself as snow fell on his car and quickly melted. “It is snowing in Calabasas right now – crazy,” O’Connell said in a video he tweeted out . tweet read.
As of 1250hrs, snow is falling at the 1500’ level in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, CA. Roads will be slippery. Please drive safely! #LAweather @NWSLosAngeles @CHPWestValley @CaltransDist7 pic.twitter.com/jrgxlGg4Vr— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) February 21, 2019
The white stuff arrived in Southern California with a very cold storm that added even more precipitation in a wet winter that has almost eliminated drought conditions statewide. “It’s beautiful,” said Kate Porter, a resident of the desert community of Joshua Tree. A foot of snow (30 centimeters) was reported in that area at Pioneertown, the National Weather Service said. Similar amounts were reported in the upper elevations of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains. Rare “thundersnow” was observed at Big Bear in the San Bernardino range, where road closures were being reported. Snow closed heavily traveled 5 Freeway in the Grapevine north of Los Angeles until Caltrans crews could clear the roadway, allowing traffic to resume under Highway Patrol escorts. To the east, the 15 Freeway over the Cajon Pass remained open but with some slowing because of conditions. Snow levels had been expected to plummet to 2,000 feet, but could drop as low as 1,000 feet in Los Angeles County, the weather service had said. That means even the Hollywood Hills could receive snow, meteorologist David Sweet told the Los Angeles Times. “This is probably the coldest storm system I’ve seen in my time in California,” Sweet told the newspaper. “We’ve had cold mornings and freeze conditions, but I don’t remember seeing anything quite this cold.” It hasn’t snowed in L.A. since January 1962, the Times reported, citing the Los Angeles Public Library archives. Downtown L.A. hasn’t seen measurable snow since Jan. 9, 1949, when 0.3 inches fell, National Weather Service meteorologist Kristen Stewart told KTLA. Other parts of Los Angeles County were already blanketed by snow Thursday morning, including parts of Palmdale. And video showed hail falling in the Santa Clarita Valley early in the afternoon. Up to 2 inches of snow is possible in Antelope Valley foothills, while up to 6 inches could fall on the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, according to the weather service. “It’s going to be a fairly unusual day,” Sweet said, “to say the least.”
Guess – where in LA is this? The Angeles National Forest? Baldy?— Santa Monica Mtns (@SantaMonicaMtns) February 22, 2019
The Sierras? Mount Whitney? The Cascades?
Can you believe it snowed in the #santamonicamountains today! pic.twitter.com/hXaU7lPruS