A National Park Service bus driving in the snow at the Grand Canyon National Park. NPS/File Photo
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Memorial Day Grand Canyon Weather Predicted to be Snowy

A National Park Service bus driving in the snow at the Grand Canyon National Park. NPS/File Photo

GRAND CANYON — Thinking about spending Memorial Day at the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon National Park is forecasted to look like a winter wonderland this Memorial Day.

According to the National Weather Service, snow showers will take place before 3 p.m. Memorial Day. Later, there will be a chance of rain showers and thunder. The high will be near 44 degrees with southwest winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulations will be less than a half inch.  

The National Park Service said when people come to the Grand Canyon, they expect to see the sun and rock, not clouds and snow.  

But even though the Grand Canyon is a desert environment, at 7,000 feet (2.1 Kilometers) of altitude, weather such as snow and rain are more common than people might think.

So before the public visits the Grand Canyon — or any National Park — they are encouraged to check the weather, and make sure they are properly prepared for the present conditions.

To find more about current weather conditions at Grand Canyon, visit: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-condition.htm

The current forecast predicts high winds today, Sunday, May 26, and snow and rain tomorrow, Memorial Day. It’s not ideal grilling weather.

If visitors are planning on going to the Grand Canyon, they should plan accordingly.