Snow on saguaros: Desert cities in US Southwest see freeze


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PHOENIX (AP) — The climate was flipped Wednesday all through a lot of the U.S. West, with snow falling on cactuses within the Arizona desert and Anchorage seeing balmy climate — at the very least by Alaska requirements.

In Phoenix, the in a single day low was 30 levels for the primary time in 5 years and extra chilly temperatures had been anticipated Thursday. The Tucson space noticed as a lot as 6 inches of snow.

“It was fairly magical,” mentioned Jessica Howard, a resident of the Tucson suburb of Vail who took her 8- and 5-year-old kids to play within the snow. “My social media feeds are like 100 % snow footage proper now.”

Snow dusted cactuses and mountains in southern Arizona and coated the Grand Canyon within the north.

Elsewhere, the Nationwide Climate Service issued a freeze warning within the Nevada county the place Las Vegas is positioned. Snow fell and caught Tuesday on a desert freeway over a mountain simply 20 minutes outdoors Sin Metropolis.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, noticed heavy snowfall and icy roads that brought about many authorities companies and colleges to shut.

The chilly climate and snow is “fairly unusual” for the realm, mentioned Glenn Lader, a Nationwide Climate Service meteorologist in Tucson. Nogales, an Arizona metropolis on the Mexico border, had about 6 inches of snow, he mentioned.

Even Southern California obtained a little bit of the motion, with rain anticipated as a part of already chilly, windy climate.

In the meantime, some components of Alaska rang within the new 12 months with comparatively balmy climate for the area that helped soften snow in Anchorage. A change within the jet stream introduced hotter air from the south, taking the temperature to 42 levels on New 12 months’s Day.

It was a pleasant respite from a winter combine that left 32.6 inches of snow on the bottom in Anchorage in December, with most of it falling over the last half of the month.

Colder climate was within the forecast, with excessive temperatures dropping to the kids and even single digits.


This story has been corrected to say the temperature hit a excessive of 42 levels on New 12 months’s Day in Anchorage.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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