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Old 11-29-2020, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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The wife and I are driving to Chandler in a few weeks from VA. Please, no comments on the pandemic. We have our reasons for coming here and we'll take all possible precautions.

But at the end of the month we'll leave and since the wife has seen little of the country we'd like to leave and head to the Grand Canyon for her to see. My questions deals mostly with weather and lodging. We'll be in an F-150 4wd and I am very use to driving in snow/ice but obviously do not want to do this while on leisurely drive home if I can avoid it. I'd like to leave the Canyon and stay north to come home but I know amenities and such may be an issue in places.

Any thoughts on leaving Chandler for the Grand Canyon then heading east trying to stay a little north?
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Old 11-29-2020, 06:15 AM
 
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The area from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon is one of the snowiest and coldest spots in the country from December to March. But the weather can change pretty fast. Right now the long range forecasts are that Arizona will have a drier and warmer winter than normal, so you could luck out. I've been around Flagstaff in a warm winter and it was almost perfect. Chilly and 20 degrees in the morning and a sunny 60 degrees in the afternoon.

If you are driving with a camper shell in the back of your truck, be advised it gets very windy along the I-40 corridor in Arizona and New Mexico.

Most people are just shocked that it is so cold up in northern Arizona. Bring your normal winter weather clothes from home.
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Old 11-29-2020, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Victory Mansions, Airstrip One
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Any thoughts on leaving Chandler for the Grand Canyon then heading east trying to stay a little north?
Just monitor the weather forecasts. None of us can guess what it will be like in a few weeks’ time.
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Old 11-29-2020, 05:27 PM
 
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It is predicted to be a dry winter. But, you are just going to have to watch the forecasts.
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Old 11-29-2020, 06:40 PM
 
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If you have driven in snow in the east you will probably not find it any different here. If anything the snow melts much faster here, especially up at the higher elevations.

> Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon is one of the snowiest and coldest spots in the country from December to March

I have lived in Flagstaff in the winter and have been to the Canyon also during winter. I find this very hard to believe (can you say North Dakota??). The Flagstaff winter is not as hard as the northeast of the US. It may be colder sometimes and it may have a lot of snow, but it is much more tolerable.

Don't worry about it apart from holing up in a motel if the weather gets real bad. Keep in mind that the days are short and you lose an hour every time zone when driving east.
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Old 11-29-2020, 07:35 PM
 
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In an average year, Flagstaff generally makes the list of top 5 snowiest cities in the country with over 100 inches of snow a year. But would agree I'd take a winter in Flagstaff over a winter in Chicago. If the sun is out, 20-30 degrees is sweater weather.
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Old 11-29-2020, 09:37 PM
 
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We went up once the week after Christmas and the weather was fine. You just never know though.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:39 PM
 
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Check out Laughlin.. Amazingly inexpensive accommodations, and some great buffets. They do helicopter tours of the GC from there. Many prefer it over Vegas. You could comeback on I15, too.
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Old 11-30-2020, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Palmer, Alaska
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There are PLENTY of Places to stay. It's been a very very dry year so far. Winter storms, if we get any, usually occur right around the last week of December. You can stay in Williams, lots of Hotels there, and good food. Flagstaff usually jams up with folks from Phoenix every weekend so they can play in the Snow, if there is any. The state and the county do a pretty good job of keeping the main routes open during a storm.
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Old 12-01-2020, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Thanks for the info folks. Will be a big help.
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