Even as residents across northern Arizona work to dig out of about a foot of snow that fell Sunday night, more is on the way, according to the National Weather Service.
Although the snowfall is projected to lighten as the storm moves east throughout the beginning of this week, meteorologist Nathan Lynum with the National Weather Service said scattered snow showers are still likely and could bring anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of additional snow in some areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Moving into Thursday, Lynum said another storm could bring even more snow.
Although they don’t know exactly how much more snow the storm on Thursday could bring, Lynum said residents should expect to receive as many inches of snow as what fell Sunday night and Monday morning -- if not more. The forecast as of press time called for 7 to 11 inches during the day on Thursday and another 6 to 10 inches that evening.
And that snow will likely stick around. Lynum said they expect low temperatures throughout the week with the high never getting above freezing and often staying in the mid- to high 20s.
The lowest temperatures are expected Wednesday morning, when the low could dip below zero.
There is one bright side to the cold temperatures, however. Lynum said lower temperatures mean dryer and fluffier snow, which makes for much easier shoveling.
These cold temperatures also may mean snow accumulation in areas where that does not happen often, including places like Page, which has reported at least 2 inches of snow as of Monday morning, Lynum said.
When it comes to wind, the worst of it will be on Thursday when gusts could reach 25 to 30 mph, which may reduce visibility at times. But Lynum said they are not expecting any blizzard conditions.
For drivers, all this weather means somewhat hazardous conditions. Lynum said those who have to go out should give themselves extra time to travel and keep more distance between themselves and other vehicles.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is also encouraging drivers across northern Arizona to avoid or delay travel if possible.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed for a couple hours Monday morning due to an accident involving a large truck and ADOT has also received reports of numerous vehicle slide-offs. ADOT also reported a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 near Seligman in the early hours of Monday morning, and other stretches of I-40 were briefly closed throughout the morning.
With more snow on the way, ADOT spokesperson Steve Elliott said drivers should monitor the weather and keep an eye on highway conditions before deciding to travel.
From midnight to 5 p.m. on Monday, Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to 26 vehicle collisions that did not result in injuries, according to DPS spokesperson James Carne.
Troopers also responded to 50 cases in which drivers had either slid off the road or to help people who had become stranded in a disabled vehicle, Carne wrote in an email.
The majority of these incidents occurred on I-17 south of Flagstaff, Carne wrote.
Northern Arizona University ran on a regular schedule Monday, while school was out for those attending schools in the Flagstaff Unified School District due to the Presidents Day holiday. FUSD had not yet made a call for Tuesday as of press time.
With six inches of snow on the ground and more falling Monday afternoon, Page Unified School District canceled school on Tuesday.
Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.
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