Week of winter storms drops more than 5 feet of snow in Flagstaff area; more snow ahead

By Lindsey C. Riley
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 3:14pm
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2023 - 7:16am

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Snow falls in northeast Flagstaff on Jan. 17, 2023.

Winter storms in the past week dropped more than 5 feet of snow in parts of Flagstaff. And additional snowfall is expected with the latest weather system moving in Thursday night.

Angelina Grubb is with the Arizona Snowbowl. She said skiers and snowboarders will have plenty of fresh powder this weekend.

"It’s been great to see that much snowfall so early in the season, and so we’re really happy about it," Grubb said.

The heavy snowfall also has the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office warning of the potential for avalanches in the backcountry of the San Francisco Peaks. The area beyond the Snowbowl ski boundary is not routinely maintained or patrolled.

In the warning issued Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office said it urged "skiers and snowboarders who intend to enter the backcountry from the Arizona Snowbowl to carefully consider the consequences of that decision and determine if they have the training and equipment to safely conduct their intended activity."

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