CALIFORNIA — Snow-capped hills is not exactly what comes to mind when you think about the iconic Hollywood sign, however that’s far from the most bizarre sight to see in California over the last month. From white-dusted Joshua trees and locals digging their cars out from under mounds of snow to mudslides eviscerating small communities, this winter has been far from normal for Californians.
We’ve rounded out 21 surreal photos taken of the Golden State this past month and while they may look like movie sets, they are as real as can be. Check them out below.
People stand in the parking area of the Alpine Base Area at Palisades Tahoe during a winter storm Friday, February 24, 2023, in Alpine Meadows, California. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Snow caps the San Gabriel Mountains above the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on Sunday, February 26, 2023, after a major winter storm swept through the state. (AP Photo / John Antczak)
People visit Mount Diablo State Park in Walnut Creek, California on Monday, February 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
Vehicles make their way along Main Street through heavy snowfall in Grass Valley, California on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)
Kenny Rybak, 31, shovels snow around his car in Running Springs, California Tuesday, February 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A Joshua tree is covered in snow near the Cajon Pass in Oak Hills, California on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, as a fresh round of snowfall blanketed the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. Up to 5 feet of snow fell in some areas, stranding some residents. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
Vehicles make their way along the I-15 as clouds pass through the snow-covered mountains near Hesperia, California on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A local residents walks his dog in the falling snow on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in Elizabeth Lake, California just North of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
State Route 138 winds through snow-covered trees near Hesperia, California on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
This March 2, 2023, image released by Inyo County Search and Rescue (InyoSAR) shows InyoSAR members searching for a missing person near an area along Death Valley Road, a rough road running south of the 168, and leading into Death Valley National Park, California. (InyoSAR via AP)
Snowfall surrounds businesses in Crestline, California on Friday, March 3, 2023, following a huge snowfall that buried homes and businesses. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)
Workers clear snow off the roof of Skyforest Elks Lodge after a series of storms on March 8, 2023, in Rimforest, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Water flows through a levee breach near the Aromas community in Monterey County, California on Monday, March 13, 2023. The break caused widespread flooding in the Pajaro community nearby. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in the community of Pajaro in Monterey County, California on March 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
Sonoma County Fire District firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy pull people in the back of the boat and the driver of a van whose vehicle stalled out in high water on Armstrong Woods Road in Guerneville, California on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
A bus stop surrounded by snow is seen in Tahoe City, California on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. (Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
A collapsed building due to the recent snow storms is seen near Dollar Point, California on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. (Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
A man walks through a windstorm at Ocean Beach on a stormy morning in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
Patrick Cerruti assesses damage of his daughter’s flooded laundry mat, Pajaro Coin Laundry, on Salinas Road in Pajaro, California on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.(Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
In this image provided by the Orange County Fire Authority, cliffside homes in San Clemente, California on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, were evacuated due to the landslide in the rear. (Orange County Fire Authority via AP)
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