Snow blankets mountains near Cave Creek, north Scottsdale, and Mesa

Published: Mar. 2, 2023 at 7:15 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2023 at 10:15 AM MST
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Call it “Ari-snow-na!” Arizona has seen a wicked winter season and this latest round of storms is no different.

Arizona’s Family First Alert Weather team was the first to alert the Valley of possible snow flurries to hit Valley elevations and they delivered. Early Thursday morning, our crews saw snow beginning to pile up in certain Cave Creek and north Scottsdale neighborhoods. Further east, aerial video showed Usery Mountains looking especially wintery.

One Scottsdale fire precinct was blanketed in snow, promptings officials to urge drivers to take necessary precautions to drive safely in slick conditions. In the high country, totals are at nearly two feet of snow so far in Flagstaff, with over a foot being measured in Prescott. Flagstaff and eastern portions of the Rim into the White Mountains remain under a Winter Storm Warning until 11 a.m.

Closer to Phoenix and at the height of the storm, SRP reported over 4,600 customers in the West Valley along Interstate 17 were without power. In addition, nearly 2,000 APS customers didn’t have power near Carefree. Gusty winds were also reported throughout the night. Flooding was also a concern, as certain flood-prone roads endured significant amounts of standing water. Among the closures was 19th Avenue in far north Phoenix and Old Stage Road near Cave Creek. Earlier in the day, Maricopa Road (SR-238) had to be closed due to dangerous travel conditions.