A powerful winter storm dumped record-breaking amounts of snow on Arizona this week, forcing the closure of roads, schools and government offices.
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Flagstaff, Arizona recorded 911.8 mm (35.9 inches) of snow on February 21, 2019, setting the new all-time 24-hour snow record for the city. The previous record was 787.4 mm (31 inches) set on December 30, 1915.
The storm dumped a total of 1 023.6 mm (40.3 inches) of snow, 40% of its annual snowfall.
The amount of snow Flagstaff received on Thursday also shattered February's all-time daily snowfall record of 609.6 mm (24 inches) set on February 2, 1901, and was just 76.2 mm (3 inches) short of setting a new one-day state of Arizona record. Record-keeping in Flagstaff goes back to 1893.
On the same day, Payson received 609 mm (24 inches) of snow, more than it usually receives in a year.
Wondering what this snow storm looked like but only have 20 seconds? Yup! We’ve been working on this for the last few days, and there are still some showers out there. Here is a time lapse of the 2/20-2/22 storm from our office in Bellemont. #azwx pic.twitter.com/f3lrqVp3Cd— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 22, 2019
"This was a very cold and highly unusual event for northern Arizona," said Brian Klimowski, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Flagstaff. "We had record snowfall in several locations — certainly a historical event."
"The storm pretty much came as forecast, but was a little bit heavier in the Flagstaff area," he said.
The storm closed numerous roads, including nearly a 31 km (50 miles) stretch of Interstate 17.
Want another way to view the snowfall the last few days? With clearing skies we got a great look from our #GOES satellite. Yep, look at all that snow, with only a few clouds over the eastern Mogollon Rim and White Mountains, with the storm exiting New Mexico. #azwx pic.twitter.com/snny9HTrje— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 23, 2019
Featured image credit: Arizona DOT