Snowflakes made a rare appearance in Las Vegas as cold air plunged into the deserts of the southwestern United States on Sunday night.

Residents and visitors across the city flocked to social media to post photos and videos of the rare snow event.

It's doing the thing! (video) #snow #Vegas #VegasWeather #NVwx pic.twitter.com/EgcKVDq6qq — Caleb Steele (@caleb_steele) February 11, 2019

Las Vegas recorded a high temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday afternoon, but a cold front passed through the area during the evening hours and sent temperatures tumbling into the upper 30s F.

Light snow accompanied the front's passage through the region, along with gusty winds that whipped the snow through the air.

Due to the prior mild conditions, the snow mainly accumulated on elevated surfaces such as vehicles, trash cans and outdoor furniture, as opposed to roads and sidewalks. A trace of snow was reported at McCarran International Airport.

This was the first snowfall in the city since a trace of snow fell in December 2015. Las Vegas averages 0.3 of an inch of snow in a year.

GRAPEVINE: I-5 is now CLOSED in both directions due to inclement weather. Closure on Southbound I-5 at Grapevine Road, northbound closure near State Route 138. No ETO at this time. pic.twitter.com/tv5XPt5FGJ — Caltrans District 6 (@CaltransDist6) February 11, 2019

Snow also fell across the Grapevine in Southern California, forcing the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions. It eventually reopened Monday morning.

This was the same cold front that brought heavy snowfall to the Seattle metro area this past weekend.

Snow covers a rooftop deck in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2019. (Twitter photo/@wiseonew)

Unexpected snow in Las Vegas #vegassnow #snow pic.twitter.com/altcVAxvzO — 𝓒𝓱𝓪𝓻𝓵𝓲𝓮'𝓼 𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓵 🇮🇪🦅🇮🇹 (@PhillyEaglesGrl) February 11, 2019

Trash cans covered with snow in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2019. (Twitter photo/@Reb_Hombre)


Snowing in Vegas. #vegas #lasvegas #snow @KTNV @FOX5Vegas #weather pic.twitter.com/SosmBW1Gbx — John Genovese (@Towerblock26) February 11, 2019

It is snowing in Las Vegas and my dog has no idea what is happening. 🤣😁👍🌨❄☃️#dogs #polarvortex #snow pic.twitter.com/KYW1sXRX7U — DeCarleyTrading.com (@carleygarner) February 11, 2019

A car dusted with snow in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2019. (Twitter photo/@Reb_Hombre)

❄ Well this doesn't happen very often! We are seeing some flakes at the NWS Las Vegas office with nothing able to stick. Enjoy it because it won't last much longer! ❄ #vegasweather #nvwx pic.twitter.com/ufuO1UG6zV — NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) February 11, 2019


What's up, Las Vegas? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! pic.twitter.com/tYScR1iYDC — David Montero (@DaveMontero) February 11, 2019

It's SNOWING in Las Vegas! 🤣🌴#LasVegas #snow #taxi #fun pic.twitter.com/0eTv44V02O — Karen Falcon (@FalconSays) February 11, 2019