The National Weather Service predicts Flagstaff could experience 12-18 inches of snow between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, with heavier accumulation likely near Arizona Snowbowl.
Flagstaff stands 7,000 feet above sea level and is widely recognized as one of the snowiest cities in the US. Sedona, Payson and Eastern Arizona also experience snowfall every winter season.
Arizona residents and visitors typically associate its weather with sun. But some parts of the state–particularly its higher elevations–get a substantial amount of snow each winter, particularly Flagstaff which experiences an average snowfall of 101.7 inches per year.
Flagstaff has experienced one of its snowiest winters ever this winter, according to reports by the National Weather Service. A recent storm dumped 20-24 inches of new snow at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport bringing its total seasonal accumulation to 146.7 inches; second only to 1948-1949’s 153.9-inch total in this period.
Flagstaff typically sees snow fall between November and March, sometimes as much as 10 inches per day in major blizzards.
Although Flagstaff receives plenty of snowfall, Phoenix receives much more precipitation, meaning less snow falls there compared to Flagstaff at higher elevation. Due to this elevation difference, climates in both cities vary dramatically – Phoenix has not seen any measurable snow since 2000 while Flagstaff is currently experiencing its fifth snowiest season since records began being kept in 1893.
Flagstaff residents and visitors to the area can utilize a snow reporting system available in Flagstaff that provides weather updates. Residents may use it to report non-emergency concerns related to snow events while its friendly user interface makes reporting simple. Furthermore, users can view past and current snow reports in Flagstaff.
The initial snowfall of a season typically occurs between October and November; however, in some years no snow at all falls during this period. April typically sees its final snowfall.
Flagstaff is widely recognized for its skiing and snowboarding opportunities thanks to the Coconino National Forest at high altitude, along with a great variety of restaurants and breweries that make the city the ideal winter vacation spot.
Flagstaff Nordic Center offers excellent skiing in its location amidst Coconino National Forest and features trails designed to cater to novice and expert skiers alike. Additionally, beginners can take lessons at this open access resort that also hosts public lessons for free!
National Weather Service Flagstaff office reported on Wednesday that 2022-23 has already become a record year in terms of snowfall in Flagstaff. Since July 1, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport recorded 140.1 inches; second only to 153.9 inches seen during 1947-1948 time period.
Flagstaff offers many snow play areas and sledding hills for both kids and adults to create lasting memories in Flagstaff. But be wary of crowds during peak snow times if the weather is nice or the university hosts a big game; extra traffic congestion at gas stations/grocery stores/restaurant reservations/other inconveniences will likely arise during these times of celebration!
Flagstaff Snow Park is the most beloved sledding location in Flagstaff, featuring numerous groomed snow tubing runs with unlimited tube usage included with admission. Plus there are picnic tables, outdoor fire pits and restrooms onsite! Plus food trucks provide convenient bites while enjoying the snow!
Flagstaff offers many great amenities, with shops that rent sleds and equipment so that residents can enjoy snowmobiling. Sleds may also be purchased from sporting goods stores or department stores locally.
When playing in the snow, please remember to stay off plow berms and away from road edges. Sledding along highways is both illegal and highly hazardous – it is best to do it with friends so you can watch each other closely.
Snow parks provide a safe space for children (and adults who feel like children) to play in the snow without fear of downhill skiers. Multiple groomed snow tubing runs – including one specifically designated as kiddie hill – offer hours of entertainment at an affordable fee, food trucks serve burgers, hot dogs and Mexican dishes along with Gatorade drinks like water or juice and fire pits offer the opportunity for making s’mores – port-a-potties are also provided and hand sanitizer is also offered – perfect!
Flagstaff Snow Park opens its doors each December at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff. All visitors need an admission ticket, which can be bought online. Non-tubers may enjoy enjoying its general snow play area at discounted admission fees.
All tickets must be purchased online, with snowpark opening times dependent upon snow conditions. Visit their website for the most up-to-date information.
Kendrick Park offers several hills ideal for family sledding trips. Parking spaces are plentiful here. Be sure to bring sleds, extra tubes, water and snacks as well as dress appropriately for winter outdoor activities; children should consider wearing helmets and kneepads. Those seeking something more adventurous should try skiing at Arizona Snowbowl or cross country skiing at Coconino Nordic Center instead!