The taller mountains in southern California receive multiple snowfalls every winter. But the populated lower elevations, including places such as Hollywood, Pasadena, and Malibu, almost never receive snow. But flakes flew in those places last Thursday, with some sleet and grapuel also reported. No accumulations were reported in the lowest elevations, but Interstate 5 was closed through the Grapevine region after an inch of snow fell there. The snow fell in the midst of what is likely going to be the coldest February in Los Angeles since 1962. However, the last time measurable snow fell in downtown Los Angeles was in 1949.
The blast of unusual winter weather is not expected to return to Southern California anytime soon. High temperatures are expected to be in the 60s near Los Angeles this week with multiple chances of rain.