Snow Returns To 'GTA V' As Players Receive Online Holiday Gifts Across All Platforms

David Stonecipher

After a year has passed since winter weather was last seen in Los Santos, Rockstar Games has finally blanketed Grand Theft Auto V in snow once more. The developer announced late on Wednesday night that seasonal weather can now be seen across GTA Online. Unlike most new content for the game, this week's snowfall event is also live on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in addition to all current-gen platforms.

Rockstar Games kicked off its special holiday events in GTA V earlier this week. The developer had mentioned that snow would be in the forecast for Grand Theft Auto Online, but as The Inquisitr pointed out, they didn't reveal the exact time when the seasonal weather activities would begin.

As the week went on, many believed that snowfall wouldn't return to GTA V until Christmas Day as part of a special holiday gift to fans. However, Rockstar Games caught many gamers off guard late Wednesday with the sudden surprise return of snow to the title's online multiplayer mode, which has cause many impromptu snowball fights.

"Today marks the return of the rare phenomenon of Los Santos snowfall to GTA Online across all five platforms, so bundle up warm in your new Santa Costume and head outside to enjoy a snowball fight (press left on the d-pad to collect up to 9 snowballs)."
"All players will also receive an early gift from Santa: a Fireworks Launcher with 5 rockets to help celebrate the Holiday Season with a bang. And be sure to look out for more gifts under the tree when you log in to GTA Online on Christmas Day."

— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) December 24, 2015

"As the incredibly rare phenomenon of snowfall blankets Los Santos, the roar of the Beast ensures that there will be no silent night this year. Beast vs. Slasher, an intense new Adversary Mode for GTA Online, is out today on PS4, Xbox One and PC."

Besides the obvious visual change to the world, snowfall events in GTA Online actually change the physics of road surfaces, so players should expect to experience slick conditions inside the game for as long as the snow persists. Rockstar Games has also released a new car for GTA V users to enjoy. The Declasse Tampa muscle car is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Do you wish that snow would come to GTA V more often now that the seasonal weather has briefly reappeared?

[Image via Rockstar Games]