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PHOTOS: Beautiful images of Grand Canyon blanketed in snow on New Year’s Day

WATCH: People in the U.S. are beginning the New Year by digging out from winter storms. Typically warm regions, like California, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, are all seeing snow, and there’s even more Arctic weather on the way. Jennifer Johnson reports.

TORONTO – Record low temperatures across the U.S. southwest brought a rare winter storm to Arizona, blanketing the Grand Canyon with snow on New Year’s Day.

The snow began to fall on New Year’s Eve, bringing about 8 cm to the canyon.

The snow created tricky driving conditions, but tourists made their way to the canyon to capture the rare event.

“Happy New Year! As of 9:15 a.m. 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 Grand Canyon National Park service warned on its Flickr page. “Grand Canyon received some additional snow this morning and it is a winter wonderland out there.”

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