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Old 11-13-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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I've been here a few weeks. Job took me here instead of Oregon. I need snow. Today.

What is the closest area to Phoenix where I can get some snow action?

Thanks.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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Places that DO snow, dont generally snow enough to have ground cover this time of year, so good luck in that regard.

Also, the closest place may not be the funnest place to interact with snow since you will just be on the outskirts of another city. Unless all you want is to view it on the roadside.

My guess is Flagstaff, but check the weather reports. And then if you actually want to be able to relax somewhere in the snow as opposed to viewing black snow on the roadside, you may want to head up the Mt where snowbowl is and find someplace there to relax. Figure on a 2.5 hr drive to the area.

Closer places like Prescott, I believe have less cumulative snowfall and are less likely than Flag, but I could be mistaken.

Look at weather reports for places like Payson, Prescott, Flagstaff and the smaller surrounding cities.

The white mountains is the other area that gets snow, but its probably closer to 4.5 hour drive in total to get to the highest elevations like Sunrise,Greer,Pinetop,Lakeside.

Im probably leaving something out but someone else will chime in. Im interested myself if anyone is aware of something better. I like the snow too.

Hope that helps.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Forecast around Sunrise Ski Resort is for about a foot over the next couple days. It's a good 5 hours away. Otherwise, usually not much snow that will stick down below 7000 feet until it gets a little colder - maybe Jan.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Snow has fallen in Flagstaff, but I have no idea if there is any on the ground or not, my guess is no.

I checked the weather, they're expecting 1 inch of snow tonight above 6000 feet.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Tokyo (but will always be) Phoenix, Az
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Globe-Miami area get some snow. So does North Phoenix, Cave Creek, Apache Junction, the fringes of East Mesa. These places get some snow dusting, typically to last for about a few hours or a few days. But the closer you are to the Phoenix metro area narrows the chances of snow, snow accumulation, and the amount of time it takes for it to melt.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Globe-Miami area get some snow. So does North Phoenix, Cave Creek, Apache Junction, the fringes of East Mesa. These places get some snow dusting, typically to last for about a few hours or a few days. But the closer you are to the Phoenix metro area narrows the chances of snow, snow accumulation, and the amount of time it takes for it to melt.
You won't find snow in any of those towns, at least not on a yearly basis, maybe once every few years but it's not snow unless you can go play in it!
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Newark, California
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Clean out your freezer and hop inside. There. Snow. Today. Presto. Chango.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Tokyo (but will always be) Phoenix, Az
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You won't find snow in any of those towns, at least not on a yearly basis, maybe once every few years but it's not snow unless you can go play in it!
That's kind of how I ment it, except East Mesa. It snows on the mountains around here every winter/spring
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:58 AM
 
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I've been here a few weeks. Job took me here instead of Oregon. I need snow. Today.

What is the closest area to Phoenix where I can get some snow action?

Thanks.
I have some friends who moved here from Michigan to get away (I thought, anyway) from the snow and ice there. They ended up finding a place cheaply and work in Flagstaff. All you have to do is get on the Black Canyon Freeway (I-17) and drive North. It will only take a couple hours and you can be there. There are other places up North. Prescott Valley in nice. Also, if you want to go slightly different direction you can head up to or past Payson. I would suggest a fishing cabin in a rustic area name Christopher Creek. There is a place there called the Grey Hackle Lodge on the highway that has fireplaces and they will bring the firewood to your wood box on the front porch, they have different size cabins. One year several friends of mine and myself did Thankgiving there, it was beautiful. The whole gist of it, I guess is GO NORTH! You can get to the mogion rim by taking Shea Boulevard out past Fountain Hills to where it ends at the highway and go North from there, you will see the signs for Payson, Kohl's Ranch, Heber, Snowflake, etc. as you follow along. The highway going up from Payson is next to the MacDonalds on the main road through town. Enjoy. Oh, by the way, up past Flagstaff what we call "the snow bowl" area and The grand canyon. Have fun.
Arizona Mildman
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Christopher Creek is one of my favorite places to camp in Arizona, great recommendation!
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