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Snow falls on Palm Springs Aerial Tramway base station for the first time since 2018

It technically snowed in Palm Springs! There was snow at the base station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for the first time in several years.

The base station is the area where people park to go on the tramway to head up to the mountain.

“I mean, it was unbelievable. Never seen that before in my life," said Dawn, a Cathedral City resident.

Dawn tells us she’s been up and down the tram multiple times, but it’s the first time she’s seen it like this.

“It's crazy I've come up and down the tram like so many years and I've never seen it snowing at the base. At the top for sure, but not coming up and it's already snowing like halfway coming up here," she explained.

“Oh, it was beautiful. It was a really good time," said Erick Lowe who's visiting from Maryland.

Lowe is no stranger to the snow, but seeing it here in the Valley was a new experience.

“We won't have powder like this. Usually it sticks a lot heavier. So it's something unique," he said.

Check out a gallery of snow in Southern California, including the tram. You can add your own pictures to the gallery.

Madison Morgan, spokesperson for the tram, said it's the first time the valley station has seen snow in 2018. Morgan said they were ready for snow to get some snow but it was even more than expected.

Snow at the top of the tram
Courtesy of Laura Haltman

She gave some recommendations for people looking to see the snow up on the tram.

"I would definitely bring a coat. That would be number one. Definitely gloves as well because when you get up to the mountain, it is pretty cold up there. Other than that, if you plan on going into the state park, definitely some boots. Hiking boots minimum. Just because I see slippery. It's real snowy, and we have about three and a half feet of snow right now," Morgan said.

The tram wasn't the only local area hit with snow on Thursday.

There was snow this morning in the High Desert. News Channel 3's Marian Bouchot was out in Yucca Valley at Noon. She's speaking with the California Highway Patrol about their snow prep for roads in the High Desert and their safe driving tips for the snowy weather.

A First Alert Weather Alert has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday as rain and snow to pummel Southern California.

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