By Andora June
Snowfall in cities around L.A county is shocking citizens, especially ones who may have not ever seen snow before. Climate change was the original cause of snow not falling in LA because of the heat raising, and snow may have fallen every 5 to 10 years, but it has been over 50 years since the last snowfall, raising the question why it snowed and if climate change was the cause of the snow, no it is not necessarily, but it was cause from the lack of snow in the past 50 years, and is being called “precipitation whiplash” which is very dry periods of weather rapidly changing to wet weather, is what scientist are calling the phenomenon.The last trace of snow in L.A was 1962, causing much surprise for the residents. Even though the snow may seem fun at first sight, it could cause many dangers considering the fact that many citizens of L.A county haven’t lived in snow, let alone driven in it. This can cause many problems for the city.
Snow is slippery, and icy on roads and driving in it is a whole different story. Snow causes traffic to slow, and even some crashes. Since no one was expecting snow in the country, vehicles are not prepared for snow weather. In order to drive in snow, most vehicles need snow tires, chains, and four wheel drive. Most vehicles in L.A are not equipped with these, making citizens prone to accidents. The snow is already causing accidents on L.A highways. Grapevine, a highway in L.A was closed due to multiple accidents caused by the snow, another in Ventura county. Due to this, we advise everyone to please be careful while traveling in unexpected snowfall.