How rare is a May snowfall on Mount Lemmon?

Mount Lemmon is waking up to a Winter wonderland this morning.

A dusting to inch of snow fell overnight. While record keeping is limited, this is the first May snowfall on Mount Lemmon since 2008. Weather records show that 0.3″ snow fell 9 years ago.

Morning snowfall on May 9th, 2017 atop Mount Lemmon

The most snow Mount Lemmon’s ever recorded in May was 7.8″. Ski Valley recorded that impressive amount on May 7th, 1995, nearly 22 years to the day of this current storm system.

An additional 1-3″ snow is possible above 7,000 feet through early Wednesday. If the forecast comes to fruition, this would be the largest May snowstorm in 22 years. The late snowpack won’t stick around long, however. Temperatures return to the upper 40s tomorrow in Summerhaven.

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