Snow-Encrusted Cacti

Every five years or so, it snows in Tucson. We got our latest taste last Sunday:

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I grew up in Illinois, where the winters were long and relatively harsh. So it's pretty funny to watch native Tucsonans freak out after 1 cm of snowfall. Schools were shut down. More than 50 bridges in town were closed to all traffic. Local auto stores sold out of ice scrapers. You know, mass hysteria! </vinkman>

The snow was all gone by about 10:30 am, so I'm glad I was able to get some pictures of it. They will be nice to look at in 6 months when the temperature is 45C!