Flagstaff is an idyllic city to both visit and live in. Boasting four distinct seasons and much cooler temperatures than its southern neighbor Phoenix, Flagstaff provides something for everyone.
This page compiles data and information regarding when, how much, and how often it snows in Flagstaff.
1. It is still snowing
Flagstaff has seen its share of snow this winter and will likely experience it through January, as winter storm warnings are issued and residents and visitors are advised to remain indoors and not drive unless absolutely necessary.
Flagstaff residents should brace themselves for 12-18 inches of snowfall beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing through Friday morning, which could produce wind gusts reaching 35mph. Plow operations plan prioritize plowing routes in order to maintain first priority streets open at all times.
The first snowfall typically arrives around November, although early or late snowfalls have occurred as far back as October or even December. Most years see their final snowfall occur between April and May; although on occasion some years even see additional accumulation in May.
Flagstaff stands 7,000 feet above sea level and is known to experience over 100 inches of annual snowfall each year, due to its higher altitude compared to lower-altitude cities like Phoenix that typically only see rain or sleet precipitation.
2. It is not snowing
Flagstaff is an inviting mountain town offering plenty of activities, just a short drive from Sierras and Lake Tahoe for skiing or snowboarding enthusiasts.
Flagstaff experience its highest average monthly snowfall throughout winter with an average monthly snowfall of 7.3 inches; however, December can often see the snowiest month.
Winter precipitation is vital to the environment, helping recharge aquifers and replenish SRP’s reservoirs while also providing drinking and irrigation water supplies. Unfortunately, some may dislike its cold temperatures and opt not to move to places with lots of snowfall.
Flagstaff may be known as one of the snowiest cities in America, but snowfall rates depend on many different factors such as temperature, humidity and wind speed. Furthermore, different kinds of snow can have different amounts of precipitation depending on what kind of terrain they fall onto – even type can change the precipitation rates dramatically!
This page provides data regarding how much snow Flagstaff typically sees each year, as well as the average daily snowfall amount and frequency. These numbers come from data compiled by Flagstaff Pulliam Airport; percentages reflect total number of days with rain or snow excluding trace quantities – Autumn typically being the wettest month here while Summer usually the driest one.
3. It is not raining
Flagstaff makes an ideal winter destination as its high altitude brings four distinct seasons and cooler temperatures than many US cities. As one of the snowiest cities, it also draws many snowsport enthusiasts.
But Flagstaff has gone several months without seeing a significant snowstorm and forecasters are expecting one on Thursday afternoon; forecasters predict 12-18 inches of accumulation across Flagstaff area.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northern Arizona, including Flagstaff. The winter storm could bring snowfall, strong winds, cold temperatures and low visibility; at times heavy accumulation may occur and travel should be avoided in this area until Friday morning. The National Weather Service recommends people avoid driving through this region until further notice.
Snowfall in Flagstaff can be extremely hazardous, leading to power outages, road closures and travel delays. Motorists should prepare by stocking up on food, water and clothing supplies as well as driving with extra caution and slowly.
Flagstaff typically experiences about 155 inches of snow per year. Since July to March this year, Bellemont National Weather Service Office has recorded 146.7 inches – making this total second highest among its history; surpassing 1948-1949 record by 22 inches!
4. It is sunny
Flagstaff is home to one of the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forests, providing it with a spectacular natural backdrop all year long. Additionally, Flagstaff’s high elevation and low humidity contributes to mild temperatures year-round.
However, Flagstaff’s snowfall varies significantly year to year, from heavy years of over 27 inches of accumulation to light years where nine inches or less falls.
Rainfall also fluctuates throughout the year; autumn and winter being particularly wetter months than June which generally remains dry.
As summer arrives, tourists flock to mountains and trails for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor activities. Locals enjoy special events like the Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks Display or Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival throughout their stay in town.
Flagstaff offers breathtaking hiking trails filled with vibrant aspen trees in autumn; making this season ideal for exploring Flagstaff and taking advantage of cooler temperatures. It is an amazing time of year to visit this area!
Flagstaff offers plenty of sunshine, making it important to remain hydrated and apply sunscreen. At high altitudes like Flagstaff, sun exposure is more intense, making hikers vulnerable to sunburns. Bring plenty of water as well as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; layering up is key since temperatures vary significantly day-to-night.