Frozen Palm Trees: Photos of Southern California Covered in Snow

Snow in SoCal
Sage Quinn, 7, breaks off icicles from rocks following a winter storm in Joshua Tree National Park, California December 31, 2014. Lee Celano/Reuters

Snow hit Southern California Tuesday evening and just kept coming.

More than 180 people in their cars were stranded on snow-covered highways in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, USA Today reports. Firefighters rescued some of them in the early hours of Wednesday, while others abandoned their cars and walked to nearby homes and offices. All rescue operations concluded at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Southern California residents shared photos of the unusual weather on Twitter and Instagram, tagging photos of frozen palm trees and snowmen with the hashtag #SnoCal.

Snow in SoCal just call it SnowCal!

— Garrison (@GarrisonFlores) December 31, 2014

Okay, ONE more. Because #SnowInSoCal #SNOWcal

— Jessa Russo (@JessaRusso) December 31, 2014

Apparently we do get offseason weather in socal #gripwithyourtoes #SnowCal

— Jon Hornbeck (@jonhornbeck) December 31, 2014

Snow in the palm trees on a wintry New Year's Eve for Southern California @latimes

— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) December 31, 2014

Um, this scene is from Southern California

— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) December 31, 2014

Only in California do you get a cool sunset one day and snow the next day

— Erik Bojorquez (@ErikBojorquez) December 31, 2014