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Daniel Swain: LA Times—Most of California could see snow this week, including the Santa Monica Mountains

“This is shaping up to be a very unusual event,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said in a virtual briefing Tuesday morning. “We are going to see low [elevation] snow all the way from the Oregon border to the Mexican border — it’s just a question of how low.”

Though snow is not expected to accumulate in major cities, hills near the San Francisco Bay Area and the high desert around Los Angeles could see snow by Wednesday or Thursday, at elevations that don’t typically see much, if any, Swain said.

“Just about everybody who lives in California will probably be able to see snow, at least on the nearby hills — and, in most cases, in the very nearby hills — probably on Friday morning,” Swain said.