Photos: Contrasting weather has SoCal in shorts and the Midwest in a ‘bomb cyclone’

It’s a kind of story – a contrast of extremes.

A cold storm sweeping through the central United States has caused flight cancellations and difficult conditions for those trying to reach destinations in time for Christmas.

Here in the Southland weather conditions could be in the mid 70’s by Christmas.

Just look.

North Dakota snow contrasts with sunset in San Pedro

(Tom Stromme / The Bismarck Tribune; Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Rows of headstones at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery are covered in blowing snow in Mandan, ND, while the sun is setting on warmer days in San Pedro.

Snowy street in Iowa City, Iowa and cyclists riding around Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach

(Joseph Cress / Iowa City Press-Citizen; Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Time)

A cyclist maneuvers through a snowy street during a winter storm in Iowa City, Iowa, and cyclists ride around Long Beach’s Shoreline Aquatic Park.

People clear the sidewalk in Minnesota and the Angels Gate lighthouse in San Pedro

(Abbie Parr/Associated Press; Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Children shovel snow from a sidewalk in Minneapolis. In San Pedro, a ship is illuminated by the setting sun as it sails past the Angels Gate Lighthouse.

Javier Galicia clears snow from a sidewalk along 4th Ave.  in Minneapolis and Angelenos is reflected in a glass facade in dtla

(David Joles/Star Tribune; Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Javier Galicia braves the bitter cold to clear the sidewalk along 4th Ave. in Minneapolis. Meanwhile, Angelenos walk in front of the Music Center during sunset in downtown Los Angeles.

A person shovels snow in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, as opposed to a person along the shoreline in Long Beach.

(Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

A server shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of the Hot House Tavern in Menomonee Falls, Wisc., contrasting with the shoreline at sunset in Long Beach.

A local resident shovels snow from the end of a driveway in Urbandale, Iowa, in contrast to visitors at Shoreline Aquatic Park

(Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press; Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

A local resident shovels snow from the end of a driveway in Urbandale, Iowa, and visitors to Long Beach’s Shoreline Aquatic Park pause to watch the sunset.

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