Winter Storms Continue

The National Weather Service expects the New Year’s storm to sprinkle another 1-4 inches of snow above 6,000 feet and perhaps 4-8 inches of snow above 8,000 feet — but bring only rain to lower elevation areas like Payson.

Photo by Pete Aleshire. |

The National Weather Service expects the New Year’s storm to sprinkle another 1-4 inches of snow above 6,000 feet and perhaps 4-8 inches of snow above 8,000 feet — but bring only rain to lower elevation areas like Payson.

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The National Weather Service expects the New Year’s storm to sprinkle another 1-4 inches of snow above 6,000 feet and perhaps 4-8 inches of snow above 8,000 feet — but bring only rain to lower elevation areas like Payson. The ski resorts could get as much as a foot of snow, including Snow Bowl in Flagstaff and Sunrise near Show Low. The forecast for the winter predicts a little more snow than normal for the first time in years. The lingering El Niño sea surface warming in the eastern Pacific normally brings wet winter conditions to the Southwest, which has skittered along the edge of a record drought for the past 15 years.

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