Vandi Mahoney watched television images of snow falling across parts of Southern California the last few days as a massive winter storm moved through the region, but on Sunday she just had to see it for herself.
Standing at Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Park, the 25-year-old was in awe of the snow-covered Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains. Peak after peak was blanketed in sparkling white snow under a sunny blue sky and puffy clouds.
“Usually you can see far away a little hint of snow, but this is, wow. It’s not the scenery of the snow itself but just the beauty of Los Angeles: the clouds, the sky, the sun, and on top of that we got these snowy mountains, too,” she said.
“This is why I love L.A.”
Residents across the Southland woke up to an icy wonderland Sunday morning, the result of an frigid winter storm that broke rainfall records and scattered fresh powder at elevations as low as 1,000 feet across the normally warm, sun-drenched region. Mountain communities were slammed by intense snowfall, with Mountain High ski resort clocking an impressive 93 inches of snow.
The unusually strong winter storm closed the Grapevine — a vital trucking artery across the state — for days, knocked out power to thousands of utility customers, prompted rescues and affected air travel. Lighter showers are expected through Wednesday, but nothing like those that have passed. For many Angelenos, these intense storms served as a reminder not to underestimate Southern California’s capacity for wild weather.
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