ARIZONA NEWS

Parts of Phoenix area could see snow from big storm in high country

Jan 25, 2021, 9:15 AM | Updated: 8:14 pm
Southbound State Route 89A in Oak Creek early Jan. 25, 2021. (Screenshot/ADOT webcam)...
Southbound State Route 89A in Oak Creek early Jan. 25, 2021. (Screenshot/ADOT webcam)
(Screenshot/ADOT webcam)

PHOENIX – A winter storm pushing into northern Arizona was big enough to send a little snow down to parts of the Phoenix area Monday.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix said Monday since the snow level dropped to as low as 2,000 feet, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Anthem and Wickenburg got dustings.

“Cave Creek, Carefree … even Deer Valley, they might see a few flakes falling,” meteorologist Andrew Deemer at the Phoenix weather bureau told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Northern Arizona received heavier snow at higher elevations Monday.

Some areas in Flagstaff got up to 10 inches while Prescott received up to 9 inches.

Light rain was falling early in the morning but big bursts were anticipated to arrive around noon and last until around 3 p.m., the weather service said.

Wind gusts of up to 45 mph and the possibility of hail were also expected to impact metro Phoenix until about 3 p.m., NWS said.

By around 9:30 a.m., snow was sticking to the ground and poles in areas within 90 minutes of downtown Phoenix – Cordes Lakes, around 65 miles to the north, and Globe, about 75 miles to the east.

That pales in comparison to the harsher conditions in the high country, where the Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers to stay off the roads because of blowing snow and poor visibility. Stretches of a few highways were closed altogether.

State Route 89A was shut down in both directions between Sedona and Flagstaff. State Route 260 between Star Valley and Heber was closed because of the extreme conditions and State Route 87 north of Payson was blocked off for a few hours before it reopened.

There was no estimated time to reopen the road.

Schools were closed for the day, including remote classes, Flagstaff Unified School District announced.

Forecasters said Flagstaff could get 16 to 22 inches of snow, Prescott 13 to 19 inches and Payson 15 to 21 inches from the latest storm.

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

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Murder charge in Arizona against divorce lawyer dismissed

A murder charge filed in Arizona against a California lawyer in the 2010 shooting death of his stepdaughter’s husband has been dismissed.
22 hours ago
(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

2-year-old girl dies after drowning incident in Phoenix

A 2-year-old girl has died after being pulled out of a pool in Phoenix on Thanksgiving day, police said.
22 hours ago
(The Pick Lottery Photo)...
KTAR.com

The Pick lottery ticket sold at Walmart in Surprise hits $8.8 million jackpot

If you bought a ticket for Wednesday night's The Pick lottery drawing in the West Valley, you'll want to check those numbers.
22 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

Police investigate death of 27-year-old man found in Phoenix

Police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old man found in Phoenix Thursday morning.
22 hours ago
FILE - Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a cooler before being thawed at a pop-u...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 3,322 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths on Friday

Arizona health officials on Friday reported 3,322 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths.
22 hours ago
(Courtesy photos L-R: Phoenix Zoo, CityScape Phoenix, Downtown Tempe Authority, Valley Metro)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around the Valley for Nov. 26-28

The holiday season is in full swing with multiple month-long events getting started across the Valley. Here are some of the biggest events around the Phoenix area.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
Parts of Phoenix area could see snow from big storm in high country