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Southern California gets surprise blast of hail, rain, snow

February 16, 2022 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cold low pressure system was moving eastward Wednesday after delivering surprisingly intense lightning, thunder, hail, snow and rain to Southern California.

So much hail fell in the city of Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon that some neighborhoods looked like they were coated with snow.

East of Los Angeles, the storm dropped 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) of snow at the Lake Arrowhead resort in the San Bernardino Mountains and 12 inches (30.5 cm) at the nearby community of Twin Peaks.

To the north, a high school soccer match was played in snowfall in the desert community of Hesperia.

The wintry blast arrived just days after Southern California baked in summerlike weather. The system was initially expected to have little moisture.

There were 190 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and another 165 in the clouds across Southern California, the National Weather Service said.

Lifeguards closed all Los Angeles County beaches due to the lightning threat.

Southern California weather was forecast to remain windy into Thursday while also warming. Santa Ana winds were expected to return late in the week.