Snowflakes made a rare appearance in Las Vegas as cold air plunged into the deserts of the southwestern United States on Sunday night.
The same Arctic front that brought record snow to the Seattle metro area over the weekend is responsible, click here for more on that story.
This is reported to be the first snowfall in Las Vegas since a trace fell in December 2015.
The affects of 2016’s record El Niño have worn off and global average temperatures have fallen back. As solar activity continues its deep decline, it’s pretty safe to assume it’s global cooling on steroids from here on out.
This weekend’s rare accumulations weren’t just restricted to Nevada either, as storms also dusted Northern Californian beaches and caused whiteout conditions on mountain roads.
A stretch of Interstate 80, a key route through the Sierra Nevada to Lake Tahoe, was closed Saturday because of heavy snow and strong winds.
Snow also fell across the Grapevine in Southern California, forcing the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions.
The National Weather Service office in Eureka reported rare accumulations at sea level — the last time Humboldt County beaches saw snow was during the winter of 2002-03, said Brad Charboneau, a meteorologist with the weather service.
“It’s pretty unusual to reach the ground and accumulate,” he added.
Solar activity continues to decline.
The cold times are already here, folks.
Grand Solar Minimum