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Most folk don’t associate Los Angeles with snow, but Southern California does get snow in the high elevations of it’s mountains during winter. Boxing Day in 2019 brought a wet and cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska to the southland with snow reaching the 2500 foot level. What made a mess of the mountain passes for travelers between LA and the Central Valley and the high desert afforded amazing views of the city with a backdrop of snow covered mountains. So after taking sunrise pictures from Griffith Observatory, I fired up the Prius again and headed to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Baldwin Hills for some picture of the city and the mountains.
Interesting bit of trivia…it snows in Los Angeles every year. While the average elevation of the City of Los Angeles is under 1000 feet, the elevation in the city ranges from Sea Level to just over 5,000 feet at the summit of Mt. Lukens north of Glendale.
The skyscrapers of downtown LA in the foreground of the snowy San Gabriel Mountians. Mt. Wilson is on the left, Mt. San Antonio is just to the right of downtown and Cucamunga Peak is to the right.
This is something you don’t often see the Hollywood Sign with the western San Gabriel mountains covered in snow.
Snowy Mt. Lukens towers over Griffith Observatory, Mt. Lukins’ summit is within the city limits of Los Angeles and gets snow every year. So it really does snow in Los Angeles every year.
The freshly fallen snow on Mt. San Antonio provides a backdrop to the gleeming skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles.
The snow of Mt. San Antonio(10,000 ft.) provided a contrast to the skycrapers of downtown LA and the palm trees in the foreground.
Where did the clouds come from?
I got some new software that does sky replacements, so I had to give it a try on one of these shots, adding some billowy clouds.
IR view of downtown LA and snowy San Gabriels.