First major winter storm brings five inches of snow to Flagstaff

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 00:55:48-05

The first full-fledged snow storm in the Flagstaff area this season has brought five inches of snow, and left area students with an extra day off.

"Everyday we wake up and look for snow. Nobody likes to work at a ski shop if there’s no snow on the ground - It’s not very encouraging to people. So yeah, I couldn’t be happier," said Tommy Sims, manager of the Ski Haus in Flagstaff.

"I like the untouched snow, it looks soft.  But it's too cold," said Cathleen Lespron, a 21-year-old from Mesa who had never touched snow before.

The storm left behind icy roadways, prompting the Flagstaff Unified School District to cancel classes on Tuesday. At Northern Arizona University, administrators canceled all classes starting before 10 a.m.

A similar two-hour delay is also in effect for the City of Flagstaff. Officials said all offices and facilities will open two hours later due to icy road conditions. Those with questions about weather-related changes to city government services can call 928-213-2005 or visit the city's website.

The cold front also led to two-tenths of an inch of rain and lower temperatures Sunday night in metropolitan Phoenix.

Temperatures are both regions are expected to remain low through much of the week.

Another front is expected on Friday, but it isn't expected to produce as much moisture as this past weekend's front.