May snowfall in Arizona

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Snowfall on May 18, 2017 in Shonto, AZ. (Photo by viewer Glorita Black) Snowfall on May 18, 2017 in Shonto, AZ. (Photo by viewer Glorita Black)
Snowfall on May 18, 2017 in Show Low, AZ (Photo by viewer Barbara Jones) Snowfall on May 18, 2017 in Show Low, AZ (Photo by viewer Barbara Jones)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Snowfall in May does happen in Arizona, but usually not this late in the game. A cold front moved through northeastern Arizona causing snow to fall overnight and this morning in Show Low, Eagar and other areas of the White Mountains.

[RELATED: Mid-May snowfall at Sunrise Park Ski Resort]

According to the National Weather Service out of Flagstaff, the cold front caused snow in elevations at 7200 feet and above. The snowfall levels reached two inches in Jacob Lake and Blue Gap and one inch in Kayenta. 

A light dusting of snow also showed up near Flagstaff along I-40 overnight. It's not that uncommon for snow to fall in May, but the season has definitely extended later and with more snowfall.

[READ MORE: Arizona Snowbowl boasts record-breaking season]

Arizona Snowbowl was open until May 7 for a record-breaking season. 

[RELATED: Arizona Snowbowl open for skiing on Cinco de Mayo]

While the high country is getting some mid-May powder, the Valley will be in triple digits by the weekend. The National Weather Service reported that the Phoenix area will hit 101 degrees by Sunday.

Those triple digits might drive people up north where according to NWS, the temperatures will be about 10 degrees below normal. Likewise, northern locals might want to ditch the snow and head down south for the real feel of summer. 

That's the best thing about Arizona, if you don't like the weather, just take a drive. 

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