Flagstaff breaks record for snowiest day ever, state of emergency declared in multiple cities

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 00:25:24-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A massive winter storm that dumped several feet of snow across Arizona's high country will go down in the record books.

By Thursday afternoon, the storm had dropped enough snow to register as the snowiest day ever in Flagstaff--breaking a record that had stood for 103 years.

By evening, the City declared a state of emergency:

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The total from midnight to roughly 5:30 p.m. was 31.6 inches, breaking the previous record for snowfall in day of 31.0 inches that was set on December 30, 1915.

A total of 33.1 inches had fallen in the Flagstaff area since the storm moved in late Wednesday night, and wasn't expected to stop until sometime Friday morning.

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Prescott was also hit heavily with snow and also declared a state of emergency:

To combat the storms and snow in Prescott, snow equipment operators have been working tirelessly to keep conditions safe.