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Winter weather brings visitors to Flagstaff

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 23, 2021

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Winter Weather Advisories are posted across the high country this weekend and according to our ABC15 meteorologists, Flagstaff could see up to 11 inches of snow.

On Saturday, families traveled from across the state to experience the winter weather.

Fernando Rubio, a student at NAU, built a snowman with his family visiting from Glendale.

"It's a lot harder than I thought it would be," he laughed.

After a tough year, many say spending time in the snow is the perfect way to relax.

"This time alone for us is really precious," said Gilberto Gomez, visiting from Phoenix with his family.

Employees at some of the local businesses downtown told ABC15 they welcome the extra visitors, but they also want to remind them to be courteous.

"We have to tell people to put their masks on or properly have it above their noses," George Doniz, with Aspen Sports, said. "When we first opened up, a handful of people were like that, but now everyone's starting to understand."

Doniz said he'd also like to remind visitors who are sledding to not leave them behind for someone else to pick up.

ADOT also wants to remind drivers to not pull over on the side of the road to play in the snow. Instead, find a designated parking spot first.

While it’s fun to see the snow, it'll still linger long after this storm has passed. ADOT says it advises not to travel to northern Arizona until after this weekend’s winter storm has passed. If you do, plan for extended time on the road due to heavy snowfall.