winter storm

ADOT

Hazardous driving conditions are reported on highways in northern Arizona due snowfall from a storm that has caused public schools in Flagstaff to close Wednesday.

Coconino County

Another winter storm will move across northern Arizona on Thursday and Friday, with parts of Interstates 17 and 40 affected by blowing and drifting snow.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

It’s now time for a special northern Arizona StoryCorps.

Fifty years ago this week, the biggest blizzard in recorded state history buried the Navajo Nation beneath seven feet of snow, trapping an estimated 60,000 people in freezing temperatures for more than a week. Across the region, 51 people died in the whiteout even as helicopters dropped supplies for those left in the snow. During the storm, Lillie Begaye was stranded on her family’s remote sheep farm, 25 miles from the nearest road. She came to StoryCorps with her 13-year-old grandson to remember that time.


The latest storms that delivered  37 inches of snow in Flagstaff over seven days is the 10th snowiest storm cycle in Flagstaff dating back to 1899. It was also the largest snow storm in seven years. The National Weather Service records "excessive storms," which are defined by a period of time when measurable snowfall occurs on consecutive days, leading to 25 inches or greater accumulation by the time the snowfall ends.

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The Navajo Nation has declared a state emergency. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the recent wave of winter storms has created dangerous travel conditions throughout the reservation. 

  

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