Snow hits the hills


Arizona as a whole experienced what by most standards was an historic winter storm that passed through last week. There was a record one-day snowfall in Flagstaff.

In Fountain Hills residents who looked out the window after about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Feb. 21, saw something rarely seen in Fountain Hills before, and they woke up to something few, if any, can remember seeing in town at all. Snow was falling and sticking to the ground and had accumulated an inch or two in some of the locales around town.

Close to a foot was on the ground in Adero Canyon and the McDowell Mountains. That turned the town’s Adero Canyon Trailhead into an unlikely snow play area. Since metro area residents could not get out of town to the north, they found lots of snow in North Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree and right here in Fountain Hills. Kids made the most of the snow creating snowmen and having snowball fights. Someone was recorded on video sliding down the roads in Adero Canyon on a snowboard.

At Rio Verde, two to three inches covered the golf courses. That washed out round one of the Rio Verde Invitational Tournament for college women. The event was shortened to 36 holes.

In Fountain Hills artisans also struggled against the elements to get set up for the Great Fair downtown. The weather essentially washed out the first of the three-day event, but reports indicate a good turnout for Saturday and Sunday when the weather was much improved, although still chilly.

The storm dumped more than two inches of rain in Fountain Hills as the El Nino continues this winter. The Maricopa County rain gauge at the Fountain Hills Fire Station on Palisades Blvd. received 2.44 inches last week. There was about 2.25 inches in a rain gauge outside The Times office on Laser Drive. With this storm there has been more than three inches for the month of February. That is on top of about an inch that fell in January.

There is no clear temperature history for Fountain Hills, but there was a high of 47 degrees on Friday, Feb. 22, according to the National Weather Service. Phoenix did report a record low for the date.

The weather this week has turned on its head from a week ago with temperatures heading into the mid-70s for the first time this year.


            Bob Burns, Reporter     Feb 27, 2019