Heavy snow snarls traffic in Flagstaff; parts of Coconino County under Winter Storm Warning



FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A blast of frigid, arctic air hit northern Arizona overnight, as parts of Coconino County remain under a winter storm warning through Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service reported About a half-foot of snow fell at the Flagstaff airport by 5 a.m. Meanwhile, heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the day, particularly in communities above 6,500 feet, Arizona’s Family First Alert Meteorologist April Warneke forecasted.

“If you must be on the roads this morning, allow plenty of extra travel time. Take it slow, and allow lots of extra space to stop,” the NWS tweeted. As of 8 a.m., a stalled semi was causing a major backup on I-17 at Stoneman Lake Road. Significant slowdowns were reported from Williams into Flagstaff on I-40.

Up in the mountains? A lot more snow. Arizona Snowbowl reported receiving 13 inches of snow in a single night, with the resort expecting another two feet in the coming days. Five to eight inches were reported by 8 a.m. at Jacob Lakes, a small community about 80 miles west of Page.

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) crews asked those living in the High Country to prepare for wet or icy highways as the storms hit into the New Year weekend. Significant delays are possible along Interstate 40 and Interstate 17, where slick roads can create dangerous driving conditions. In some cases, strong gusty winds can cause semi-trucks to be blown off the highway or even roll over at high speeds.

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