Storms dump heavy snowfall in northern Arizona after leaving California a muddy mess

Feb 9, 2024



phoenix: heavy Ice Major interstates were closed in northern Arizona on Thursday, while low clouds delayed dozens of flights in Phoenix, after the storm that ravaged California earlier this week left a muddy mess.
Forecasters in the mountainous region of northern Arizona reported double-digit snowfall — two feet or more in some places — with more expected over the weekend. Snow, ice and whiteout conditions caused the partial closure of Interstates 40 and 17 in and around North Flagstaff. Arizona's largest city.
Dennis Fritsch, a truck driver, was driving from Georgia to Reno, Nevada, where he was scheduled to deliver on Friday. He stopped at a truck stop near I-40 in Belmont, Arizona, anticipating that the road would be closed after the temperatures dropped and the sun disappeared.
“It's really very cruel,” he said.
long live belemont Resident Rick ShulerJoe was clearing his and a neighbor's driveway while running around in the deep snow with his dog, Dakota, comfortably leading him.
“Just enjoying this beautiful weather, plowing snow, playing with the dog, enjoying it,” he said.
Snow days are called at schools around Northern Arizona, including Northern Arizona University.
Farther south, rain fell in desert areas of the state. All flights in and out of the state's largest airport – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – were briefly halted due to low cloud cover. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for 45 minutes Thursday morning, delaying more than 100 flights, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Rainy weather also hampered play in the first round of the Phoenix Open.
In California, much of the state welcomed clear skies after days of wind, rain and heavy snow that caused power outages, flooded roads and caused hundreds of devastating landslides. The extremely wet weather marked a major change from a very slow start to winter.
It was prime ski weather in the Sierra Nevada, where more snow fell Thursday at a Lake Tahoe ski resort and Mammoth Mountain south of Yosemite National Park. Mammoth had already reported up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of snowfall since Sunday.
The National Weather Service said an area east of Los Angeles, called Snow Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains, received almost as much snowfall as parts of the eastern Sierra. Friends of Big Bear Valley said on its Facebook page that at times, snow completely buried an eagle named Jackie, whose care of three eggs in the nest was widely watched via webcam.
The five-day rainfall total in downtown Los Angeles topped 9 inches (23 cm), more than half of the typical annual rainfall of 14.25 inches (36 cm), while other parts of the city received as much as a foot (30 cm). ) It rained more than. ,
Meanwhile, avalanche danger in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles has prevented searchers from continuing the search for a woman who disappeared Sunday while hiking alone on Mount Baldy. San Bernardino County officials say lifey huangThe 22-year-old man from El Monte was last heard from Sunday afternoon as the storm moved through the area. Baldi is known to be treacherous in winter and last year it had taken the lives of several hikers, including actor Julian Sands,
The extraordinary rainfall in California began last weekend, when extraordinary low pressure off the coast fed into an atmospheric river. Fierce winds swept across Northern California, and huge plumes of moisture continued to fall across the South for several days.
A new front roared off the California coast on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain and damaging winds, including a weak tornado near Grover Beach in San Luis Obispo County.
State officials counted nine deaths related to the storm, not including five Marines who died in the crash of a military helicopter late Tuesday east of San Diego. Officials have not said whether weather was a factor.
The storms also sparked devastating mudslides — more than 500 in downtown L.A. alone, where at least 16 buildings have been deemed uninhabitable and 33 others have been yellow tagged, meaning residents can go inside to retrieve belongings. Are there but cannot live. Experts say that the soil is so saturated that there will be a danger of landslides.



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