This hot summer has some locals wondering, ‘Does it ever get cold in the Valley?’ Well, believe it or not, it has snowed a few times in the Phoenix area. The last measurable snowfall in the Phoenix area was December 1990, when 0.4 inches of snow was recorded. There have been scattered reports of light snow in Mesa in the past few years; however, it didn’t stick. The lowest recorded temperature in Phoenix was 16 degrees in January 1913.
The record for most snow in the Valley was in January 1937. Phoenix recorded 1 inch of snow, while Mesa recorded 3 inches and a record low temperature of 21 degrees. The snow stayed on the ground for about a week. Schools closed, and many children took the opportunity to play in the snow. Snowmen popped up all around the city.