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Snow looks pretty but could make for messy driving in Arizona high country

Oct 16, 2018, 7:52 AM | Updated: 12:57 pm
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PHOENIX — Snow forced drivers to slow down in Arizona’s high country early Tuesday, flocking trees, covering yards and sending state workers in plows to clear roads.

In and around Flagstaff, two inches had fallen by sunrise. The National Weather Service said snow began falling past Payson late Monday, especially hitting Forest Lakes off State Route 260, where about a half-foot had collected.

“It’s not super unusual to get snow in October,” Darren McCollum, with the National Weather Service’s Flagstaff bureau, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“But it’s a stark contrast to October of last year.”

Flagstaff didn’t receive any measurable snowfall until January of this year.

Several roads near the Grand Canyon National Park were also closed due to the weather.

Other areas to get snow included Clints Well, Show Low, Pinetop Lakeside and Heber.

Tourism in the area suffered because of the lack of snow last winter.

When a good bunch of it fell Jan. 10, that ended the ninth-longest wait on record.

Rain will replace the fluffy white precipitation by late morning or early afternoon, McCollum added, but by then another couple of inches  of snow will have come to rest.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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Snow looks pretty but could make for messy driving in Arizona high country