Rare Snowfall in Arizona Transforms Rocky Desert into Surreal Winter Wonderland

Snow in Arizona

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It’s not often you see snow in Arizona, but when you do, it’s pretty magical. In recent weeks, unusual wintry weather has arrived to the Sonoran desert transforming the dry, red rocky terrain into an otherworldly winter wonderland.

Beautiful pictures from locals have emerged recently, showing how the snow has dusted the region’s iconic saguaro cacti and blanketed the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico. Scenes from the Grand Canyon on New Year’s Day show the immense landscape looking ever more spectacular in a layer of powdery white snow. The city of Tucson had reportedly 0.4 inches (1 cm) inches of snow, while Arizona had up to 18 inches (46 cm). Meanwhile the Los Alamos and Mountainair areas of New Mexico reported having 20 inches (50 cm) of snow. Even Southern California had a flurry or two.

The strange weather was due to a deep pool of cold air at high altitudes that has been swirling over the region since the end of December. The cold spell won’t last long though, with much milder conditions due to return within a couple of days.

A rare spell of winter weather has brought snow to Arizona and New Mexico.

Snow in Arizona

Stock Photos from Mau Horng/Shutterstock

The spectacular terrain looks even more beautiful blanketed in snow.

h/t: [IFL Science!]

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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