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Catching Air

Ben Milios, 7, catches some serious air after hitting a jump while sledding at the end of Lone tree Road Wednesday morning. A winter storm dropped more than six inches of snow on Flagstaff leading to the first Snow Day of the winter for area schools.

Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff's first official Snow Day for schoolchildren this winter unleashed an avalanche of snowplay across the region Wednesday.

But it's not likely to last. By late afternoon, the sun had melted most snow from streets, and some sledding hills and skiing tracks in town were showing bare earth. And today will be even warmer, while the high on Friday will reach 48 degrees in Flagstaff.

The official snowfall measurement at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport shows Tuesday night's storm brought a total of 8.5 inches, exceeding forecasts by several inches.

In addition to the school closures throughout the region, the storm prompted Coconino County and the city of Flagstaff to delay the opening of offices by two hours.

The latest storm put Flagstaff above normal for February snowfall. The area has seen nearly 23 inches of snow this month, while the average is 20.9 inches. The area is still at less than half of normal in terms of snowfall to date though.

The Arizona Nordic Village will be open for skiing and snowshoeing on Thursday, the first day of March. Flagstaff Snow Park will not be able to reopen due to a tree hazard near one of the tubing runs.

Arizona Snowbowl reported receiving more than a foot of new snow, with most of its runs now open for skiing and snowboarding.


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