Flagstaff is known as one of Arizona’s snowiest cities, so heavy winter snowfall should come as no surprise. While most years remain relatively dry, from November through February they receive considerable amounts of snowfall.
National Weather Service officials know full well that 2022-23 is already shaping up to be an incredible year of snowfall in northern Arizona.
How many feet of snow does Flagstaff get?
Flagstaff is an idyllic winter ski and snowboard destination, while also serving as an attractive year-round travel destination. It gets its name from a flagpole made of pine tree trunk that was raised to commemorate America’s centennial celebration in 1876 and still stands proudly today as part of Flagstaff’s rich cultural legacy. Today it serves as an arts hub with numerous museums and galleries dedicated to this region’s vibrant past.
Snowiest conditions generally arrive during December, although snowfall may begin as early as October and last up until May. Heavy years typically include 34.3 inches or more while light years usually only have 9.3 inches or so.
Northern Arizona was hit with a powerful blizzard this past Tuesday, dropping as much as 14 inches of new snow on some areas around Flagstaff and shattering an old record for most snow in one day.
Flagstaff sits 7000 feet above sea level and is home to one of the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forests, while being overlooked by dormant volcano Mount Elden and San Francisco Peaks, home to Humphreys Peak which stands tallest at 12,637 feet. The town skyline is dominated by these landmarks.
Exploring the mountainous terrain is a popular pastime among both locals and visitors. Hikers can follow Campbell Mesa Trail System while cyclists can experience 40-60 mile rides along Lake Mary Road while enjoying stunning views of surrounding peaks and mountain ranges.
Recent snowfall in Flagstaff has sent skiers and snowboarders reeling, delighting at fresh tracks on Arizona Snowbowl while National Weather Service issued warnings of potential avalanche danger in San Francisco Peaks backcountry. Travel disruptions are expected during this storm that is set to continue this week.
Flagstaff offers a unique climate, featuring four distinct seasons and cooler temperatures than its surrounding desert area due to its higher altitude. Surrounded by mountains, canyons and ponderosa pine forests create incredible hiking trails and scenery; mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding are popular activities here as well as mountain climbing, horseback riding and golfing. Flagstaff is also well known for its vibrant arts scene, trendy restaurants and craft breweries and expansive skies perfect for stargazing.
Average snowfall in Flagstaff averages 25.4-34.3 inches per month, but actual amounts vary considerably year to year; heavier years see over 27 inches, while lighter ones receive less than 9.3 inches.
Flagstaff has experienced its fifth snowiest winter ever this winter season! Snowfall totals have already exceeded that from last year – and that was only in February!
A major storm has dumped more snow on northern Arizona and it is projected to continue through Thursday. The National Weather Service said additional snowfall would help Arizona Snowbowl remain open; local residents would certainly appreciate its arrival as well.
Snowfall in Flagstaff is common, with more than one month per year seeing at least an inch. Although snowstorms can vary from light to intense in intensity, typically winter sees only a handful of days where 10 inches or deeper of snow has fallen.
Winter snows in the city offer outdoor enthusiasts an excellent playground. Visitors can indulge in various winter sports on one of the city’s many snow-covered trails or simply relax by the fire in one of its cozy cabins tucked into the pines. Additionally, its parks and recreation facilities host organized team sports including softball, baseball, basketball, soccer and ice hockey for people of all ages.
Alongside recreational amenities, the City offers various public transit services and an expansive bike path network. Their plows cover 700 lane miles, 8 miles of alleys, 131 miles of sidewalks, 42 miles of FUTS routes and 27,000 driveways!
Flagstaff is an outdoor enthusiast’s delight year-round. A mountain town with a relaxed, laid-back vibe, it features seven natural wonders as well as an extensive public art scene. Visitors can explore Flagstaff’s historic downtown for trendy restaurants, craft breweries, galleries and trendy hotels while strolling through its parks and neighborhoods will reveal beautiful natural spots, from Viet Springs Loop to Fatman’s Loop – there is sure to be something there for every enthusiast or explorer in Flagstaff!
Snowy conditions have caused havoc throughout northern Arizona this week, forcing schools and highways to close during their peak of severity, but things appear to be clearing up now. According to Flagstaff office of National Weather Service forecasting breezy to windy conditions.
Flagstaff serves as the gateway to Grand Canyon National Park, where visitors can experience its natural wonders of Arizona high country. Encompassing mountains, desert and ponderosa pine forests; skiers and snowboarders enjoy skiing or snowboarding here while hiking Humphreys Peak (including Arizona’s highest peak ), San Francisco Peaks and Arizona Snowbowl resort offer endless outdoor fun; Sunset Crater Volcano provides geologic awe while Wupatki and Walnut Canyon national monuments reveal Native American culture; plus indoor attractions like Arboretum at Flagstaff or Museum of Northern Arizona!