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Lots to cover. The Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area has been closed due to avalanche hazards. Thanks to Sergeant D at the Coconino County Sheriff’s office for forwarding these:

Kachina_Peaks_Wildnerness_Area_Closed

Order Closing Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area

The first is the press release and includes a map showing the closed areas, the second is the actual order closing the area. Even if you aren’t into backcountry skiing, it’s interesting reading. Unfortunately, while Arizona Snowbowl is exempted from this closure, they are dealing with power issues and cannot open at this time. They have a ton of snow.

Agassiz Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl

Agassiz Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl

Well, this was a huge snowfall week. A record breaker by more than one  measure. From the National Weather Service:

SNOW TOTALS FROM THE ENTIRE EVENT SINCE MONDAY EVENING ARE AMONG THE 
 TOP 5 GREATEST NORTHERN ARIZONA SNOW STORMS OF ALL TIME. SNOWFALL 
 TOTALS (MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) RANGE FROM 40 TO WELL OVER 60 INCHES 
 AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7000 FEET ALONG THE MOGOLLON RIM AND WHITE 
 MOUNTAINS. THIS STORM IN FLAGSTAFF...MONDAY THROUGH 
 FRIDAY...CURRENTLY RANKS AS THE 3RD GREATEST SNOW STORM OF ALL 
 TIME...AND ALSO RANKS AS THE 3RD WETTEST STORMS OF ALL TIME.

I can’t wait to see the whole pile of the white stuff when I finally make it home today.

Fortunately/unfortunately, the storm door will stay open with a few inches expected on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Thanks to Kathy in Happy Jack for her email noting that they had 30-34 inches of snow, with drifts up to 4 feet by yesterday morning.

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