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It Snowed Where? 10 Shocking Snow Cities

Jon Erdman | TWC
Published: January 19, 2013

Los Angeles

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Fresh snow blankets the mountains behind the downtown skyline after a series of storms that hammered northern California delivered much needed precipitation to the Greater Los Angeles Area January 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

The L.A. Basin is hemmed in by mountains on three sides.  Typically once each winter, snow levels drop to a couple thousand feet in a particularly cold storm system, bringing snow to some of the Santa Monica Mountains and lower hills.  This occurred as recently as 2007, when Malibu received a dusting of snow.  

But to get snow down to the valley floors is truly remarkable.  

According to the National Weather Service, measurable snow in Downtown L.A. has occurred only three times since California statehood, most recently on January 9, 1949.  Glendale College students took to pelting each other with snowballs.  

On Jan. 15, 1932, a two-inch snowfall was the record heaviest snow documented in the city center.  The other event was Jan. 12, 1882.  

Imagine if that occurred on Oscar night?

Let's continue the beach theme, hopping to a popular spring break destination.


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