2005 Snowstorm!
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In each of the previous two years we had stayed in Flagstaff at the end of the week and visited the Grand Canyon, the weather was fine on all counts.  In 2005, the weather was fine on the day of our arrival in Flagstaff as well as on the day of our Grand Canyon visit.  The day we visited the canyon was probably the coldest of any of our visits, but it was still bright and sunny, and as soon as we descended into the canyon, things warmed up.

This year, however, we woke up on the day of our return to Phoenix to return home to find that a snowstorm had moved in overnight.  Fortunately, the snow was not too deep, and once we had gotten about 30 miles south of Flagstaff, we had descended enough in elevation that the temperature rose into the 50s and 60s, and the chunks of ice and snow were flying off the vans.  Once we were in Phoenix, the temperature was near 90.  Don't you love Arizona!


Yikes!  It was sunny and reasonably warm the day before.
The road looks reasonably navigable, doesn't it? As we headed south on I-17, the snow gradually diminished.  Here you can actually see light at the end of the tunnel.