Photos: Powerful storm slams Southern California, blankets mountains in snow

A full moon rises over the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains and the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.
A full moon rises Tuesday over the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains and the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles’ first significant storm of the season arrived Sunday night, bringing with it intense lightning, rolling thunder, hail and the increased potential for road hazards and debris flows.

Southern California mountain resorts came alive this after the storms on Sunday and Monday dropped as much as 2 feet of snow on local slopes. The new powder enticed skiers and snowboarders but added risk and delays on mountain roads, with waits of two hours or more reported Tuesday on the route to Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains.

San Bernardino Mountains

Dorian Ashmore backcountry snowboards with a friend in some fresh snow near Big Bear Lake.
With the local ski area sold out and the parking lot full, Dorian Ashmore, 20, of Vista, snowboards Tuesday in the backcountry with friends in some fresh snow near Big Bear Lake.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
Store owner Adam Hurlbut shovels snow next to a snowman in front of Sugar Mountain gift store.
Store owner Adam Hurlbut shovels snow Tuesday in front of the Sugar Mountain gift store in Running Springs, Calif., after nearly a foot of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountains.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Tina Lewis sleds belly down in fresh snow with her hair flying.
Tina Lewis, of Fullerton, sleds Tuesday with friends in fresh snow in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
A car parked along Highway 18 is covered in snow in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A car parked along Highway 18 in Running Springs, Calif., is covered in snow Tuesday after nearly a foot of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountains.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Long Beach

Snow-covered mountains are seen from the Peninsula in Long Beach, where a man rows a boat on the water in front of buildings.
Snow-covered mountains are seen Tuesday from the Peninsula in Long Beach.
(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)
A wet and nearly empty road in downtown Long Beach.
Traffic is light in downtown Long Beach on a rainy Monday night.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
An SUV goes through a flooded part of a road, splashing water.
Motorists navigate a flooded section of Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach on a rainy Monday.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

San Pedro

A rainbow appears amid pouring rain over a port.
A rainbow glows above Ft. MacArthur between bands of rain on Monday in San Pedro.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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Raindrops cover a reflection of palm trees on a glass surface.
Raindrops capture reflections of palm trees in San Pedro on Monday.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Santa Monica

A jogger and two people on a pathway on a beach.
A pathway near the beach in Santa Monica.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Gerardo Molina of Los Angeles shields himself from the rain while walking at Palisades Park in Santa Monica.
Gerardo Molina of Los Angeles shields himself from the rain while walking at Palisades Park in Santa Monica.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Redondo Beach

Dark clouds hang over a fisherman on a pier.
Antonio Sanchez continues fishing.
(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)
A man fishes in the rain on a pier.
Antonio Sanchez, 33, of Torrance fishes in the rain at Redondo Beach Pier on Monday.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Parting shot

Dark clouds drift over the Los Angeles skyline.
Clouds drift over the L.A. Basin as rain falls during the last storm of the year in a view from the Griffith Observatory.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)