Snow continues to avoid Arizona high country but could finally be on way

Nov 27, 2017, 1:23 PM
The San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff are free of snow on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. That's not un...
The San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff are free of snow on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. That's not unusual, but the 70-degree weather of the past few days is. (Screenshot)

PHOENIX — Winter feels like a long ways off up the road in northern Arizona, where the sun has refused to turn it down for snow in Flagstaff and surrounding area.

Monday’s predicted high of 60 degrees there sounds autumnlike, but Flagstaff is coming off a record-high Thanksgiving Day temperature of 71 degrees.

During a month when most residents are beginning to pull out sweaters and jackets because the average temperature in the area is 50 degrees, this November has been mostly in the mid-60s.

The city also has at least 10 inches of snow on the ground by now. It hasn’t snowed at all this month, but it is cooling off.

“It looks like there’s some potential come next weekend,” but nothing quite in the forecast yet, Megan Taylor of the National Weather Service said.

Dino DeSimone with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Phoenix said only a handful of the highest elevation sites in the state have even a small amount of accumulated snow (a half-inch or less).

Elsewhere in the mountains, it was also unseasonably warm. Shortly after noon, it was nearly 80 degrees in Winslow, besting the record high for the day set in 1954.

KTAR News’ Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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Snow continues to avoid Arizona high country but could finally be on way