Experience Northern Arizona like never before this winter by traveling to Flagstaff! Wintertime brings out its best features.
Flagstaff receives an impressive amount of snow each year, including several major blizzard days that dump 10 inches or more in just 24 hours. There are over 700 lane miles within city limits which require cleaning by equipment making multiple passes in order to cover everything effectively.
December is Flagstaff’s heaviest snowfall month, with an average of 7.36 snowy days per month and an accumulated accumulation of more than seven inches of powdery white stuff. January and February typically experience heavier amounts, though. Blizzards dropping 10″+ snow in one day occur about twice or three times per year – these events occur throughout winter season but usually only two or three times.
Snowfall is an integral part of life in northern Arizona’s high country, and residents are used to dealing with it on an everyday basis. Winter snow can wreak havoc on roadways, so the National Weather Service issued frost and freeze warnings advising drivers to cover plants and keep pets indoors during snowy spells.
Heavy snowfall is helping replenish runoff water supplies and decrease wildfire risks in spring and summer months. Furthermore, this snow load extends the ski season at area resorts.
Flagstaff may be best known as the “Christmas City”, but during other parts of winter the area receives substantial snowfall. Sedona, Payson, Prescott and eastern Arizona, as well as near the Grand Canyon area can experience snowfall too. Sedona Snowbowl draws over 100,000 visitors each year!
This week, several storms brought several inches of snowfall to northern Arizona, particularly near Flagstaff, Williams, Parks and the northern rim of Grand Canyon.
Winter snowfall has helped ease drought conditions across parts of the Southwest. Additionally, it helps cover high elevation terrain such as Mogollon Rim and reduce forest fire risk until monsoon rains arrive later this summer; and will also replenish runoff water when melting occurs during spring and summer melt.
Flagstaff usually experiences an abundance of snowfall each January. On average, three days see an accumulation of ten or more inches; major blizzards also often bring several inches or more in their wake.
Snowfall in Flagstaff this month has proven beneficial for local skiers and snowboarders, creating ideal skiing conditions at Arizona Snowbowl, one of the oldest and largest ski areas in the US with over 777 acres of skiable terrain and eight lifts open November-April.
Flagstaff, Arizona remains an active city despite the cold weather and snow, with residents enjoying running, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and walking their pets throughout town. A stroll through historic downtown reveals popular restaurants, craft breweries and live music clubs – perfect places for people-watching!
This winter storm that brought Phoenix a foot of snow is now also blanketing northern Arizona in heavy snowfall, reporting two to three feet in some high country regions such as Mogollon Rim. Many roads have also been closed off and Arizona Department of Transportation officials have advised people to postpone traveling in that part of Arizona until further notice.
Flagstaff typically experiences its snowiest time of year in February. On average, Flagstaff typically experiences 6.2 snowfall days on average during this month alone! This marks one of Flagstaff’s snowiest seasons ever seen!
As much snow is expected in November, its rate typically starts to diminish towards the end of the month and temperatures tend to be warmer than in October.
As well as seeing an accumulation of snowfall, February should also bring with it a considerable decrease in temperatures across the city, which may make for cold and harsh conditions in various locations throughout.
National Weather Service Flagstaff reports that 2022-23 is currently the snowiest meteorological season ever seen in Flagstaff with 140.1 inches falling between July 1 and March 1. This total eclipses 1948-49’s previous record of 153.9 inches set between that date and March 1. Additionally, this winter marked its most snowy winter since records started being kept.
Flagstaff is located in Arizona’s northern high country and features mountains, desert and ponderosa pine forests. Home to Humphreys Peak – Arizona’s highest mountain – as well as Arizona Snowbowl ski resort, its natural beauty draws hikers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts from near and far alike; in particular Wupatki National Monument contains Native American pueblo sites while Walnut Canyon National Monument holds many Native American cliff dwellings.
Flagstaff’s climate encourages year-round outdoor recreation. Winter brings snow for skiing and snowboarding; spring blooms with wildflowers along the city’s hiking trails; autumn blankets the landscape in golden tapestries of aspen leaves.
Lake Mary and Coconino National Forest provide Lake City’s primary water sources, and there is also a small geothermal power plant producing enough energy to power all city buildings.
Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University, a large public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees across various disciplines. As part of the North Central Arizona Universities Consortium, students at NAU also gain access to courses and facilities at other institutions located nearby – drawing in students from all across Arizona to take advantage of Flagstaff’s top-of-the-line education and breathtaking surroundings.