Flagstaff recovering after 3-day snow total of almost 41 inches
PHOENIX – It may not have felt like it, but the snowstorm that overwhelmed parts of northern Arizona ended up falling far short of a three-day record.
Still, that was more enough snow. The National Weather Service tweeted out the 72-hour blizzard left behind about 41 inches of snow at the Flagstaff Airport and close to 48 inches on nearby Kachina Village.
Other areas in Coconino County hit hard by the storm included Mormon Lake, where 40 inches collected, Munds Park, between 35 inches to 43 inches, and the same at Forest Lakes.
“We have [already equaled] our season average for snowfall,” Flagstaff weather bureau meteorologist Brian Klimowski recently told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
The Weather Channel reported the 40.8 inches that clobbered Flagstaff was second only to the 54 inches that fell on the city Dec. 29-21, 1915.
The storm set a single-day record of 35.9 inches of inches Thursday. The previous mark of 31 was set in 1915.
Snow began falling Wednesday and continued through Friday, falling at a rate of around 3 inches per hour.
All that snow has the potential to “melt and flow into creeks, possibly cause some water crossings to flood,” meteorologist Andrew Deemer with the weather bureau said from Flagstaff.
The weather will warm up this week, he said.
Temperatures will rise to 50 degrees by midweek, a marked contrast to the high of 29 degrees during the worst of the storm.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.