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Snow in Sacramento: See pictures of the capital city as a winter wonderland

Snow in Sacramento?

It may be unusual to see snowflakes in the capital city but snowfall is possible — and we have the pictures to prove it.

The most recent measurable snow in Sacramento was recorded on Feb. 5, 1976, National Weather Service meteorologist Courtney Carpenter told The Sacramento Bee in February.

That year, 2 inches of snow were recorded at Sacramento Executive Airport, according to archival photos from The Bee.

That’s not the only the time city has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

In 1942, a storm dropped 2 inches of snow on Sacramento, according to archival photos from The Bee.

Here are some fun, frosty snow photos from The Bee’s archives:

Snow falls in downtown Sacramento on Feb. 5, 1976. Two inches of snow was recorded on that day at Sacramento Executive Airport, the highest amount since 1942. Harlin Smith/Sacramento Bee file
Snow falls in downtown Sacramento on Feb. 5, 1976. Two inches of snow was recorded on that day at Sacramento Executive Airport, the highest amount since 1942. Harlin Smith/Sacramento Bee file
Land Park golf pro Don Oreb braves the snowy weather to give a putting lesson to 4-year-old Rickey Gregson on Feb. 5, 1976, while Chibi – despite the doggie jacket – has second thoughts about wandering around the park in the snow. Leo Neibaur/Sacramento Bee file
Land Park golf pro Don Oreb braves the snowy weather to give a putting lesson to 4-year-old Rickey Gregson on Feb. 5, 1976, while Chibi – despite the doggie jacket – has second thoughts about wandering around the park in the snow. Leo Neibaur/Sacramento Bee file
A Sacramento resident tries to get some protection from the weather as snow falls amid downtown Sacramento palm trees on Feb. 5, 1976. Harlin Smith/Sacramento Bee file
A Sacramento resident tries to get some protection from the weather as snow falls amid downtown Sacramento palm trees on Feb. 5, 1976. Harlin Smith/Sacramento Bee file
Dustin Marr sweeps accumulated snow from his car in Locke on Feb. 5, 1976. Skip Shuman/Sacramento Bee file
Dustin Marr sweeps accumulated snow from his car in Locke on Feb. 5, 1976. Skip Shuman/Sacramento Bee file
Inge Gough, Maggie Gomez and Sherry McAtee enjoy a battle during the snow on Feb. 5, 1976, in Sacramento. Erhardt Krause/Sacramento Bee file
Inge Gough, Maggie Gomez and Sherry McAtee enjoy a battle during the snow on Feb. 5, 1976, in Sacramento. Erhardt Krause/Sacramento Bee file
Henri Lappi skis at the state Capitol on March 16, 1942. The storm dropped 2 inches of snow on Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file
Henri Lappi skis at the state Capitol on March 16, 1942. The storm dropped 2 inches of snow on Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file
The exterior of Jim-Denny’s Hamburgers hasn’t changed much over the years, as this photograph taken after a snowfall in 1940s shows. Sacramento Bee file
The exterior of Jim-Denny’s Hamburgers hasn’t changed much over the years, as this photograph taken after a snowfall in 1940s shows. Sacramento Bee file
Stan Livermon and Charles Brown put the finishing touches on their snowman, February 5, 1976 Erhardt Krause/Sacramento Bee file
Stan Livermon and Charles Brown put the finishing touches on their snowman, February 5, 1976 Erhardt Krause/Sacramento Bee file
Sonny Valine wonders if it would be worth it to play a round at Land Park on February 5, 1976. He decided against it because his golf balls were the same color as the fairways. Leo Neibaur/Sacramento Bee file
Sonny Valine wonders if it would be worth it to play a round at Land Park on February 5, 1976. He decided against it because his golf balls were the same color as the fairways. Leo Neibaur/Sacramento Bee file
Marlyn Crowe decorates her creation on Feb. 5, 1976 in Sacramento. Ehrhardt Krause/Sacramento Bee file
Marlyn Crowe decorates her creation on Feb. 5, 1976 in Sacramento. Ehrhardt Krause/Sacramento Bee file

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