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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.

5:16 a.m. Snow day! All Flagstaff Unified School District Schools closed due to weather

All Flagstaff Unified School District Schools are closed due to weather and road conditions today.

Coconino County and city of Flagstaff offices are on a two-hour delay. County offices will be minimally staffed at 10 a.m.

At 5:30 a.m., the Arizona Department of Transportation was recommending commercial traffic and chains on Interstates-40 and 17. Plows are clearing both interstates, but conditions are slick. 

All Mountain Line, Link and Lift services are operating on a regular schedule today. Delays are possible due to winter weather conditions.

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Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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