A record 6.8 inches of snow fell in Tucson 47 years ago, Dec. 8, 1971. Tucsonans had a little difficulty handling the unusual substance, but it began melting almost immediately after sunrise.

Trees covered with snow illuminated by the street lights. December 9, 1971. Arizona Daily Star file photo.

Children playing in the snow at school yard. December 9. 1971. Arizona Daily Star file photo.

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