Mike Brownfield walks through the storm Monday morning on Birch Avenue in downtown Flagstaff. For more photos of Tuesday’s snowfall, see Page A7.
A snowman stands in a field in Bellemont.
A semi-truck travels on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff.
Tim Ahlman shovels snow outside his home in Bellemont on Monday. A series of winter storms have dropped more precipitation in Flagstaff than the city had during last summer’s monsoon season. The recent snow measured as water topped the amount of rain that fell from mid-June through September, the driest monsoon season on record.
Snow created tough driving conditions on Interstate 40 during a pair of recent storms.
As snow continued to fall in northern Arizona throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning, various organizations have implemented closures for the sake of public safety.
The Arizona Department of Transportation closed numerous state routes, highways and Interstate 17 and 40. Southbound I-17 reopened around noon, and eastbound I-40 reopened at Ash Fork around 2 p.m. Northbound I-17 between Sedona and Flagstaff was cleared around 3 p.m., meaning I-17 had reopened in both directions.
State Route 89 was closed between Chino Valley and I-40, as was State route 89A between Sedona and I-17. The 89 was also closed north of Peoples Valley to just north of Prescott.
State Route 87 between Brush Highway and Winslow was closed as was state Route 260 between Star Valley and Heber, and east of Camp Verde to 87.
As of Monday evening, the Nation Weather Service reported that Flagstaff had received between 10 and 18 inches of snow, with Pulliam Airport receiving 14.2 inches. But as it continued to snow over night, exact snow totals for the morning were still being gathered.
The latest winter storm warning will remain in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday for areas above 4,000 feet in elevation, with additional snow accumulations predicted at 2 to 5 inches during the day.
As of Tuesday morning, all Mountain Line buses were operating on a regular schedule although delays due to the weather were possible.