High winds topping at 84 mph shut down Arizona Snowbowl
PHOENIX – Arizona Snowbowl had to shut down Tuesday after winds peaked at 84 mph on the mountain.
The Flagstaff-area ski resort was up and running again Wednesday.
A webcam stream of the Grand Canyon Express lift showed skiers and snowboarders coming down the runs or sitting in the chairs.
Lift service was stopped around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the resort said.
The National Weather Service reported the highest speeds hit the mountain around 11:20 a.m. Other parts of Mount Humphreys were blustery at a much lower rate, one site at 62 mph, another at 52 mph.
It marked only the second time the resort, open since 1938, shut down because of extreme wind conditions, a Snowbowl representative told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email.
Base elevation at the the San Francisco Peaks range is 9,200 feet, while the lifts reach 11,500 feet, according to the resort website.
Winds were expected to drop off quite a bit to “locally breezy northeast winds,” the weather bureau said. That translated to 8-10 mph with maybe some gusts of 17 mph.
Skies should be clear and clear skies with a high around 47 degrees.
Anyone with Tuesday tickets were directed to customer service.
It was a chilly and gusty northeast wind today. If you didn't notice then it probably means you spent the day indoors. A selection of peak wind gusts observed over the last 24 hours. #azwx pic.twitter.com/9tvlMGG9tY
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 26, 2020
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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