RARE SIGHT: Snowfall seen in cities across SoCal - including Los Angeles County

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Rare snowfall seen in cities across SoCal
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations section tweeted video of snow falling at 1,500 feet at the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu.

LOS ANGELES -- Snow was falling Thursday in a number of Southern California communities that rarely see freezing temperatures, much less snowfall.[br /][br /]The precipitation - relatively light in low-lying communities - was delighting many residents who were taking to social media to post pictures of the unusual sight.[br /][Ads /][br /]Snowfall was reported in communities from Simi Valley to Malibu to Calabasas to Valencia to the Inland Empire.[br /][br /][twitter ID="1098688971406626816" /][br /][br /][twitter ID="1098682560316608513" /][br /][br /][twitter ID="1098677876595933184" /][br /][br /][twitter ID="1098695606862700544" /][br /][br /][instagram SRC="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuKKDgdgrOx/" /][br /][Ads /][br /]At higher elevations, however, the snow was bringing more treacherous conditions for residents and drivers.[br /][br /]A thick layer of snow was covering parts of the 5 Freeway, leading the CHP to close the Grapevine to traffic in both directions.[br /][br /]The I-15 at the California-Nevada state line was also shut down[/url] because of hazardous conditions.[br /][br /]Forecasters said they expected snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, with 4 to 6 inches possible across the eastern San Gabriel Mountains in LA County, along with dangerous winter weather driving conditions due to snow showers, icy roadways, and gusty winds.''[br /][br /]Snow fell on portions of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway late Wednesday but did not stick, although rain and hail were reported around 5:30 p.m., causing some vehicles to slide.[br /][Ads /][br /]The snow level in the San Gabriel Mountains was expected to fall to 2,000 feet Thursday.[br /][br /]Thunderstorms with powerful winds were also expected in coastal areas.[br /][br /]A freeze watch is in effect through Friday morning, when temperatures are expected to drop to between 29 and 32 degrees in some Southland areas.[br /][br /]City News Service contributed to this report.[br /][br /][tagboard ID="abc7eyewitness/473845" /]