Flagstaff, AZ, Just Had Its 3rd Snowiest January Ever

Matt Scribner | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Flagstaff, AZ experienced a tremendous January of snowfall that has only been rivaled a few times (Image: Washington Post)

January was quite a good month for Northern Arizona’s snowpack. With 61.4 inches of snow falling during the first month of 2023, Flagstaff is in the midst of an amazing year that has been among the best since snowfall totals began being recorded in 1898.

This total of over 5 feet of snow is good for third overall in the record books. The town was just shy of second place this January, trailing the 2010 total by just 2.0 inches. In a truly unprecedented weather cycle that took place in 1949, Flagstaff received 104.8 inches of fresh snow during the first month of the year. This is good for the highest total for January by over 5 feet!

The recent snowfall in Flagstaff has created some epic conditions at neighboring Arizona Ski Bowl. The largest ski resort in The Grand Canyon State has had some unforgettable powder days recently, with locals frothing at the bit to get fresh tracks. These 61.4 inches have surely gone a long way to alleviate long-standing drought conditions that have plagued the Southwest in recent years, dumping massive amounts of precipitation that the area is very grateful for. However, traffic and road conditions on one of the country’s main freeway arteries, I-40, have been treacherous, leading to multiple crashes and multi-hour delays plaguing the highways and streets surrounding Flagstaff. In an area where large amounts of snowfall are never a guarantee and water is a tremendously valuable resource, residents of this Northern Arizona community are surely happy to see the town get dumped on so hard to start off 2023!

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