Los Angeles sees first snow in years

It snowed in the city of Los Angeles on Thursday, a rare event creating excitement and confusion in the metro area, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"At Noon, scattered rain and snow showers becoming more numerous across #SoCal," tweeted the Los Angeles branch of the National Weather Service. "Isolated thunderstorms are possible along with small hail."

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The NWS also explained the difference between sleet and snow to Californians on Twitter.

"Lots of confusion today. If precip bounces it contains ice - call it sleet or small hail," the agency tweeted. "If precip in flakes it's snow." 

A NWS scientist told the L.A. Times that the snow could drop as far down as 1,000 feet above sea level. Forecasters told the paper that local highways could experience significant delays. If the snow fell in downtown L.A. it would be the first time since 1962, the paper found. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff and others also tweeted pictures of the snow.