The first important snowfall in Flagstaff this season might deliver as much as 10 inches of snow all through varied components of the metropolis and surrounding areas, in accordance with the National Weather Service.
What began as rain Wednesday night ultimately transitioned right into a extra wintry combine in a single day and by Thursday morning, a lightweight snow accumulation had already begun in some areas, stated climate service meteorologist Cynthia Kobold.
This storm comes a couple of weeks sooner than when the space sometimes expects to see its first severe snowfall of the season, she stated, and it stretches across nearly all of Yavapai County, southern Coconino County and even areas on the western Mogollon Rim, significantly in the higher elevations.
By the finish of the day, Flagstaff’s east facet might see 3 to six inches of snow in comparison with an estimated 4 to eight inches on the metropolis’s west facet and greater than 10 inches simply 15 miles north at Arizona Snowbowl.
Because of the hotter floor temperature in the decrease elevations, any flurries that fall there immediately aren’t more likely to final lengthy, she stated. Instead, the most important accumulation in Yavapai County can be concentrated at the higher elevations, she stated, so “once everything clears out, people that live in Prescott should be able to see snow around them on the mountains.”
Rather than one sustained arduous snowfall, this storm is extra spotty, stopping and restarting all through the day, she stated.
These scattered storms are more likely to proceed a minimum of into the afternoon for the western parts of the storm and doubtlessly in a single day nearer to the New Mexico border with the White Mountains and japanese Mogollon Rim, she stated.
While the storm might drop an honest quantity of snow immediately, “By Friday morning, it should all be over with,” Kobold stated.
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