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Flagstaff will continue to see dry spell as hopes of snow evaporate

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PHOENIX — It was good while it lasted.

Despite initial forecasts that said it was expected to snow this weekend in Flagstaff for the first time this winter season, an official with the National Weather Service said that is no longer the case.

Chris Kuhlman, a spokesman with the National Weather Service, said forecasts of a 30 percent chance that the Flagstaff area could have received a quarter-inch of snow this weekend have been scrapped.

“For the one that we were looking at this weekend, it’s kind of now — instead of moving through northern Arizona, it’s moving through Utah and Colorado, so it’s pretty much going to miss us,” he said.

However, Kuhlman said not all hope should be lost yet: Forecasts are again predicting a chance of snow in northern Arizona next week.

“Next Tuesday and Wednesday, [we’re] holding out some hope for it and it looks like at least our best chance since what we had in mid-December.”

But if next week’s forecast does not materialize, it could mean more trouble for Flagstaff.

This wait for snow in Flagstaff is among the longest on record. The latest the city went without snow was Jan. 15 back in 2006. By this time of year, Flagstaff usually receives about 30 inches of snow for the season.

KTAR News’ Jim Cross contributed to this report. 

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