While the east coast is buried in snow, Huntington Beach, California woke up to a scene far less severe certainly dramatic for the coastal desert: a beach coated in a thin layer of hail.
Yes, that photo above is real. But no, that's not snow on a Los Angeles beach.
The picture comes from Allen Schaben, a photographer for the L.A. Times. Schaben incorrectly identified the white stuff on the beach as "snow," sending Twitter into a brief frenzy about whether it had snowed in Huntington Beach, a city just south of Los Angeles.
In reality, that white stuff is hail. But it's still quite a sight.
It's easy to see why some people were confusing the hail for snow. As you can see in the photo below, retweeted by the Weather Channel, people were even making snowmen (or hailmen?) with the recent influx of icy precipitation.
But Mr. Hailman won't be enjoying the beach much longer. Southern California saw lows in the mid-40s this weekend but Huntington Beach should return to a high of 70 by Wednesday.
Images via Allan Schaben on Twitter; The Weather Channel