A snowy view from the South Rim Historic District of the Grand Canyon on January 1, 2015. (Michael Quinn/National Park Service via Flickr)

A New Year’s winter storm brought more than record low temperatures and damaging winds to the Southwest — it also coated the Grand Canyon in a picturesque blanket of fluffy white snow.

Northern Arizona received widespread snowfall totals of over four inches on New Year’s Eve and Day. Parts of Interstate 15 in Southern California were closed during heavy snow on Wednesday, and the storm stranded more than 200 cars and prompted the rescue of more than 130 people on highways 330 and 18 in the Big Bear area of the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles.

At the Grand Canyon, the snow created some slick mountain roads, though it appears to have been more beautiful than troublesome. “The morning of January 1, 2015, all South Rim roads are open — but the roads are really snow-packed and icy — 4 wheel drive or snow chains are recommended,” the National Park Service wrote on its Flickr page. “Grand Canyon received some additional snow this morning and it is a winter wonderland out there.”


The full, panoramic view from the South Rim Historic District of the Grand Canyon on January 1, 2015. (Michael Quinn/National Park Service via Flickr)

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