The winter storm brought rain to the Phoenix area and snow to parts of northern Arizona

A winter storm brought rain, snowfall and cooler temperatures to various parts of Arizona.

On December 9, forecasters warned of difficult driving conditions in the Arizona high country on Thursday and early Friday due to the winter storm, which is expected to bring widespread rain and snow, as well as wind gusts.

Conditions are expected to improve over the weekend, but another storm is possible next Tuesday and Wednesday, the office said.

Snowfall amounts Thursday and early Friday could total up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) above 6,000 feet (1,828 meters), with more than 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters).

Flagstaff wakes up to fresh snow

On December 9, city officials from Flag say they are ready for the storm. They are deploying all available equipment and operators, and they will be operating around the clock. Ash will also be permitted on major hills, intersections, railroad crossings and problem areas.

On December 10, people woke up to a snowy landscape, and some spent their morning enjoying it all. At a cafe near downtown Flagstaff, people gathered to warm up with a hot cup of coffee.

“Sometimes it can get people out because it’s fun to be inside, and other times people want to stay off the roads,” said one person who works at the cafe.

A NAU student, meanwhile, was preparing for a windy day on the slopes of the Snow Bowl.

“I’m from Scottsdale, so seeing snow is very exciting for me,” said the student, identified only as “Amber.” “When the snow caps, you have to go up the hill.”

Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.

(National Weather Service Flagpole)

Leave prepared before heading north

Snow at the Grand Canyon.

Snow at the Grand Canyon. (Grand Canyon National Park Service)

the Arizona Department of Transportation reminds drivers heading north never to park along highways to play in the snow.

Only use the highway shoulders in an emergency. Parking on it to play in the snow is dangerous in the following ways:

  • Other drivers may be distracted by your vehicle.
  • Other drivers may also stop to play in the snow, which compounds the problem.
  • Your vehicle may interfere with first responders who must use the shoulder.
  • Snow plows can throw snow and ice away from highways.
  • It is much safer to re-enter freeways from on-ramps and other designated entrances

“Also, it’s not uncommon for many desert dwellers to take the opportunity to head north to play in the snow. So remember to be patient and expect to spend plenty of time in your vehicle to and from snow play areas.”

ADOT’s suggestions for on-the-go items:

  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • A fully charged mobile phone and charger
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Drink water
  • Healthy snacks
  • First aid kit and necessary medications
  • ice scraper
  • Small bag of sand or kitty litter for wheel traction
  • Small folding shovel for snow removal
  • Travel tool kit and battery cables
  • Safety flares
  • Plastic bags or containers for sanitation
  • Roadmap(s)

ADOT says you and your vehicle should be prepared for driving in winter conditions, including snow, ice and freezing temperatures.

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Plan your route in advance and let someone know your route, destination and arrival time
  • Take frequent breaks from driving
  • Make sure your fuel tank is at least half to three-quarters full at all times
  • Use snow tires, chains, or studded tires as recommended or needed. Studded tires are permitted on Arizona highways from October 1 through May 1.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers, window defrosters, headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals are working
  • Replace your engine oil with winter quality
  • For electric or hybrid vehicles, make sure the battery has sufficient voltage and the connection cables are tight

Get more safety tips at

For Flagstaff area snow play locations, see‘s Winter Recreation Map or call 844-256-SNOW.

Road conditions

  • Call 511 anywhere in Arizona or 1-888-411-ROAD (7623)

More weather in Arizona

You can check the latest weather conditions by visiting the FOX 10 Phoenix Weather Pageor download the free FOX 10 Weather app, available at AppleiOS and android.

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