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Visitors stuck after winter storm in Flagstaff

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:29:37-05

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — A winter storm continues to sweep through Flagstaff; in some parts, leaving 25 inches of snow since Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

All that snow means dangerous travel conditions and visitors who took the trip up north are now finding themselves stuck.

Lawana Garfias and her husband decided their van wasn't strong enough to hit the highway back to Laveen on Tuesday, forcing her to call into work.

"We're snowed in, we're stuck," Garfias said. "I don't think we want to chance it in these road conditions. Better safe than sorry."

Chris King was driving from Las Vegas to Indiana when he got trapped on the I-40 near Kingman for nearly 11 hours overnight. ADOT says crashes due to winter weather are to blame.

"We basically spent the night in the truck and got going again about 5:30 this morning," he said. "It was very frustrating because we didn't get any word about what was happening, where it was happening. We were just stuck in a line of traffic along with everyone else."

While at home in the midst of a snowstorm, Molly Killion says her fiancé Jordan Muller noticed the postal worker delivering their mail was stuck in the snow.

"He ran outside really quick with a shovel and was shoveling for a while digging him out and the plow went by, all kinds of cars, nobody stopped," she said.

Killion said eventually an ambulance happened to drive by and pull over. As a team, they were able to get his truck out of the snow.

"He was very surprised he had gotten stuck in the first place and was extremely grateful," she said.

For a full list of freeway closures and winter weather conditions, click here.