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Winter Wonderland in South L.A.

Gerald Pickens shovels hail from his front yard on Central Ave in South L.A. A rare storm battered parts of the Southland with rain and hail on Wednesday evening. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Residents along 110th Street near Compton Avenue try to push a car stranded in snow-like hail. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: A blanket of hail covers the Landaverde family’s front yard along 92nd Street in Watts. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Residents on Bellhaven Street in South Los Angeles dig out from under a blanket of snow-like hail. The storm also flooded streets and disrupted air travel. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
A man displays civic pride in a park on Evers Avenue in Watts. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
Matthew Johnson, 14, shovels hail to help free a buried car in Watts. Other residents try to make their way through the rare winter wonderland. (AP)
Andrew Edmonson, 15, builds a snowman out of hail in Watts. (AP)
Keith Washington covers Precious Byrd, 12, in hail as they play in Watts. (AP)
In a scene more reminiscent of Minnesota than Southern California, residents of South Los Angeles awoke Thursday to find a blanket of snow-like hail on streets and rooftops. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
Residents of Bellhaven street in South Los Angeles dig out from under a blanket of snow-like hail. (Don Kelsen / LAT)