Snowbowl sees 21 inches of new snow

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As the snow intensified, the plows came out in force. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) As the snow intensified, the plows came out in force. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A cold critter in Snowflake, Arizona. (Source: Dave Salge) A cold critter in Snowflake, Arizona. (Source: Dave Salge)
The snow started coming down in Flagstaff on Monday evening. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The snow started coming down in Flagstaff on Monday evening. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

It's a winter wonderland and a skier's dream in Flagstaff.

Snowbowl got 21" of new snow in 24 hours.

"It was an epic day on the slopes," said the folks at Snowbowl.

But things are expected to start clearing up and bluw skies are forecast for Wednesday/

Snowy conditions made for dangerous travel. All schools were closed Tuesday in the Flagstaff Unified School District. 

All non-emergency city operations and services were on a two-hour delayed schedule and opened at 10 a.m. The latest city updates are available at www.flagstaff.az.gov/snownews

All that snow meant lots of shoveling.

"We’ve had more snow than we've expected," said Tommy Mckenna of Morning Dew Landscaping. His crew knew they'd be staying busy digging people out.

 "We'll be working more than that eight hours a day, for sure. My crew will go to at least 10 houses or more by the end of the day," said Mckenna.

All the shoveling is back breaking work.

"It is, but you get used to it. It builds up your back muscles, But yeah, definitely the first year is hard," said Mckenna.

[RELATED: Soggy day on tap as Pacific storm begins to depart]

Things started off slow on Monday. But once Mother Nature got going, roads went from dry to snow-covered in a matter of minutes in the High Country.

"The (Interstate) 40 is really snow covered so I’d recommend staying off of it," said Hayden Gebler.

The storm may have caused problems for drivers but it did not stop some track stars from training in it.

As the snow intensified, the plows came out in force. And folks started to prepare for a long winter's night.

"Just staying warm, lots of warm clothes and layers," said Gebler.

"Going to the store, making some food, preparing to stay inside for a while," said Jessie Adams.

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What is the worst thing about all the snow for Flagstaff?

"I don't like that it brings all the Phoenix people they don't know how to drive," Gebler said.

"We came up from Phoenix. We just came up for a drive and we did not expect this," said Steve Markavic.

[SLIDESHOW: Pacific storm blasts Arizona]

As the hours went on, the snow did not let up as Mother Nature covered trees, sidewalks, roads and cars.

"It’s really pretty and something out of the norm of what we are used to," said Markavic.

For those visiting from real snow country, our snowstorm isn’t that bad.

“It’s not a lot of snow. I mean, we are from Maine and when I left the snow was, oh, up to my head at the end of my driveway,” said Robert Macober. 

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