Winter storm produces record-breaking snow in Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff Pulliam Airport recorded 9.9” of snow, beating out the old record of 7” set in 2018.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Parts of the Desert Southwest picked up on much-needed snowfall Wednesday leading to new records being set in an area where precipitation is sometimes often hard to come by.

Flagstaff Pulliam Airport recorded 9.9" of snow Wednesday afternoon, beating out the old record of 7" set in 2018.

A range from 9" to 14" was seen across the city, providing the town and ski resorts with much-needed snow.

The National Weather Service said elevations above 5,000 feet could see significant accumulations from this storm.

The popular ski resort, Arizona Snowbowl, said they are loving the fresh powder.

"Snowbowl as of noon today was enjoying 19 inches in the past 24 hours, for a season total of 103" and counting!" John Brice, PR representative at Arizona Snowbowl, said. 

The more than a foot of snow in spots caused accidents, which shut down highways on Wednesday.

Flagstaff, ranked No. 6 on the snowiest cities in the U.S., is about 30" below where they should be for this time of the year. The city’s season average is 90.1" of snow.

The same winter storm that brought snow to Arizona will spread snow and ice from Southern Plains to the Midwest and Northeast through Friday.