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.
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.
It’s snowing in LA rn wtf!?!!?
— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) February 21, 2019
Snow was literally falling for like 5 seconds in Los Angeles right now. Not in our mountains, that's normal in the winter, but in the city. pic.twitter.com/VPYiN3aUjm
— Chris Woznicki (@CWoznicki) February 21, 2019
As of 1250hrs, snow is falling at the 1500’ level in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, CA. Roads will be slippery. Please drive safely! #LAweather @NWSLosAngeles @CHPWestValley @CaltransDist7 pic.twitter.com/jrgxlGg4Vr
— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) February 21, 2019
It is snowing in LA. Everyone is going wild. They’re taking videos up and down the street.
“You see that? Right?! That’s snow??” -My Uber driver in disbelief
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) February 21, 2019
"this thing just fell from the sky, here in LA- OH IT JUST LANDED ON MY SCREEN!
LOOK AT THIS,
It'S LIkE sNoW"
i love his goofy ass so much pic.twitter.com/ayS8zYD9aT
— ɒЯɒꙄ 🎗️💜 (@WildCardEthan) February 21, 2019
Others saw it as a sign of the apocalypse.
los angeles just got snow, the end times have come
— Kaiji Tang (@KaijiTang) February 21, 2019
— Beaston Johnson (@BeastonEaston2) February 21, 2019
Just let it actually snow in LA already and smother us in a blanket of welcome white death.
— @LAScanner (@LAScanner) February 21, 2019
Others found Angelenos' fascination downright adorable.
I want to be annoyed that the snow seems to have followed me to LA, but the delight and wonder of Angelenos is so darn endearing. pic.twitter.com/OMgnG9BXy6
— Kayti Burt (@kaytiburt) February 21, 2019
The National Weather Service even had to explain what snow was to confused Angelenos.
Correct, that is snow! Lots of confusion today. If precip bounces it contains ice - call it sleet or small hail. If precip in flakes it's snow, white balls are melted flakes called graupel. #CAwx #LArain #CAstorm https://t.co/Awdddmp7tc
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 21, 2019
Unfortunately, the snow didn't last and L.A. went back to its usual sunny self.