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Pockets of rain, lighting and hail along SoCal coast; PCH reopens

Huntington Beach in Orange County got turned into slush city Monday when pea-sized hail showered about an inch of hail slush at the beach around 10 a.m.
Huntington Beach in Orange County got turned into slush city Monday when pea-sized hail showered about an inch of hail slush at the beach around 10 a.m.
Ryan Ikari
Huntington Beach in Orange County got turned into slush city Monday when pea-sized hail showered about an inch of hail slush at the beach around 10 a.m.
“It was intense,” said Ryan Ikari, 39, who got caught in the hailstorm during his commute to Huntington Beach. “The whole beach is white!”
Ryan Ikari
Huntington Beach in Orange County got turned into slush city Monday when pea-sized hail showered about an inch of hail slush at the beach around 10 a.m.
Ikari called it snow (and to be fair, a lot of other people on social media did, too) but National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison assured us all: “It’s hail, not snow.”
Ryan Ikari


2:30 p.m. Hail storm hits Huntington Beach, lasts 20 minutes

It’s not snow. It’s hail.

Huntington Beach in Orange County got turned into slush city Monday when pea-sized hail showered about an inch of hail slush at the beach around 10 a.m.

“It was intense,” said Ryan Ikari, 39, who got caught in the hailstorm during his commute to Huntington Beach. “The whole beach is white!”

Instagram photo of Huntington Beach

Ikari called it snow (and to be fair, a lot of other people on social media did, too) but National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison assured us all: “It’s hail, not snow.” 

Harrison said the storm in Huntington Beach lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, a quick pelting. There is a possibility of more thunderstorms Monday through the evening, he said. That could bring more small sized hail pieces.

— Erika

9:45 a.m.: Thunderstorm headed for Long Beach

A thunderstorm is moving into Wilmington and Long Beach, reports the National Weather Service. Dangerous lighting, heavy downpours, gusty winds and small hail are expected Monday morning. 

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Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to impact coastal portions of Southern California through the morning. The National Weather Service warns folks at the beach to take shelter. 

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8:59 a.m.: PCH reopens

A 9-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that was shut down after heavy rains caused a mudslide Sunday night has reopened.

A tweet sent by the California Department of Transportation noted the opening and said there was no additional damage from the storm.

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The same stretch had just recently reopened after being closed for months after past storms triggered debris flows and high surf washed away portions of the road.

— KPCC staff

8:06 a.m.: Storm that battered Southern California moving on

A winter storm that flooded roadways and dumped snow in the mountains is on its way out of Southern California.

The National Weather Service says the cold low-pressure system is still dropping rain on inland areas as it moves eastward early Monday.

The late-season blast brought heavy showers late Sunday. Areas of Malibu and southern Ventura County reported nearly two inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

Crews are working to clean up a mudslide that shut down a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. A freeway south of downtown Los Angeles was partially closed because of flooding.

Hail fell on Venice, and plane pilots reported seeing funnel clouds over the ocean about 25 miles off Redondo Beach.

Flood warnings for wildfire burn areas expired without any significant mud or debris flows.

— Associated Press