Two storm systems are barreling toward northern Arizona, as the region will be hit with cold temperatures and snowfall later in the week and through the weekend. Darren McCollum, lead meteorologist at Flagstaff’s National Weather Service, warned of freezing wind and snow due to the winter weather.
“Right now we’re looking at sustained winds from 15 to 35 mph. It’s probably going to be a bigger storm than anything we saw from last year,” said McCollum.
McCollom said the first storm system is coming from the west, producing snow late Thursday afternoon and will continue through Friday. As of now, he predicts that Flagstaff will see 2 to 3 inches of snow during these two days. Other areas are bracing for even more snow, as the Grand Canyon, Mogollon Rim, and Kaibab Plateau are expecting 3 to 6 inches.
McCollum said a potentially stronger system is expected for the weekend, and locals should anticipate more snowfall starting as early as midday Saturday with snow showers continuing into Sunday evening.
According to the National Weather Service website, temperatures will be bound between the low 20’s and high 30's with a 20 percent chance that snow could continue on Monday. The second system will be more impactful at lower elevations, around 4,000 feet, possibly receiving 2 to 4 inches over the weekend.
“The weekend system is quite a bit colder and stronger than the first snow, making snow accumulation more likely to linger,” McCollum said.
McCollum reiterated that these numbers are prone to fluctuate, but locals still must prepare for heavy snowfall. Warm clothes and caution on the roads are necessary for braving the elements, so bundle up.