It snowed in LA and everyone is freaking out

Morgan Sung

Hold on to your oat milk. It SNOWED in Los Angeles. 

Southern California — known for its year-long sunshine, mild temperatures, desert mountains, and gorgeous beaches — saw snow on Thursday afternoon, and everyone in the Los Angeles area justifiably freaked the fuck out

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An "unusually chilly storm" from Alberta, Canada brought snow over Las Vegas on Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times. By the afternoon, snow dusted more northern parts of L.A. and Ventura County, stopping traffic as Angelenos reveled in it.

Although snow is common in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles, it rarely snows in the city itself. It hasn't snowed in the L.A. Basin — where a majority of the population lives — since January 1962, according to the Los Angeles Public Library archives. On Thursday it fell in places at 1000 feet above sea level — which means neighborhoods that haven't experienced a decent winter wonderland in decades even got some flecks.  

And people understandably took to social media to express their surprise. 

Others saw it as a sign of the apocalypse. 

Others found Angelenos' fascination downright adorable.

The National Weather Service even had to explain what snow was to confused Angelenos.

Unfortunately, the snow didn't last and L.A. went back to its usual sunny self. 

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