Heavy Snow and Cold in the Southwest

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From the Flagstaff AZ National Weather Service:  “Flagstaff Airport recorded 35.9” of snow on Thursday! This eclipses the previous all-time daily record for Flagstaff of 31.0″ (set in 1915)! 

This is the snow in Payson AZ where nearly two feet was reported.  Other totals:  19″ Bellemont, 17.5″ Iron Springs.  Prescott had a high temperture of just 31°.  Las Vegas NV also had a record low maximum for the day at 44°,   Phoenix had 0.82″ of rain. 

Las Vegas also set a record for most snow ever on any Feb. 21.  It was only 0.5″, but this is the first time they have had any snow on any Feb. 21.  I-15 was closed in S. Nevada.  Southbound SR 87 in N. Arizona was closed at SR 188; a snowplow and other vehicles were stuck in the snow, blocking the road.  U.S. 95 was closed at Searchlight NV.   Golf course closed.   This is I-40 in AZVideo of snow in Malibu CA

Schools were closed in Las Vegas.  Here’s a Las Vegas snowman

Tow trucks were busy with slideoffs and accidents.  Snowfall rates were as much as 3″ in an hour.   Snow also fell in the Los Angeles area.  Flurries were reported in Malibu, Pasadena, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, W. Hollywood and San Bernadin.  Here’s video of the snow at the NWS Office.  Here’s snow in the Santa Monica Mountains

There were also thunderstorms in the L.A. and San Diego areas.  Check out the lightning (29 sec. into the video) that hits a tree and the tree falls down.  Here’s snow in San Diego County.  And…south of the border…7″ of snow in 3 hours in N. MexicoSnow video from the LA PD

And…wave clouds in Sweden.  Highest temp. in the U.S. Thu. was 90 at Cecil AFB near Jacksonville and at Naples FL, coldest was -31 at Daniel WY.  The 90 deg. in Naples was the earliest they have reached 90 degrees (records back to 1942).  Wiser Lake sunrise over the mountainsSunrise at the arch

Finally, new February snowfall records for Eau Claire WI and for St. Cloud and Minneapolis MN:

Also:  Nice pic. of deer in heavy snow at Hidden Valley AZWatch 3 feet of snow pile up in Flagstaff AZ

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