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Lack of snow this winter

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We all know how this winter has been around the western states...Dry and warm. With this year's temperature running about 5 degrees above the normal it would be nice to get some relief with rain and snow. But Mother Nature has had a different plan for Arizona this winter.

Snow has been lacking in the three ski resorts in the state and with March nearly over, it is time to start shutting down the slopes. Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon was not open once this year while Sunrise and Snowbowl have manmade snow, allowing them to stay open all season.

Snowbowl, near Flagstaff, saw just over 100 inches of snow this winter. Normally they would see over 250 inches. Only 2/5 the average amount of snow. Snowbowl is currently still open with 39" of snow, but has announced a closing date of March 30th (with bonus weekends in April if weather permits).

Sunrise, near Show Low, saw 98 inches of snow this winter. Normally they would see over 200 inches. Only half the average amount of snow. Sunrise is currently still open with 22" of snow, but two of the three mountains are closed for the remainder of the season. No set plans on an exact closing date.

Flagstaff has not even came close to the average amount of snow this winter, which is 90.5". This year they have had 34.6" of the white stuff, over 55 inches below average. Now we can hope that the monsoon will bring well needed rainfall to make up for the lack of winter rains and snows.    

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