Schools closed at Canyon Today (Dec. 8)

Additional foot of snow overnight

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The recent winter storm that passed through northern Arizona dropped over a foot of snow over the evening hours of Dec. 7-8. Nearly two feet of snow has fallen as a result of the storm, with higher drifts in some areas. The storm has caused the cancellation of numerous schools throughout northern Arizona. Northern Arizona University, Coconino Community College, and other schools closed as a result of the blizzard. At the Grand Canyon, school will be closed today (Dec. 8) as residents work to dig themselves out. School officials originally planned for a two-hour delay.

Roads in and around the Canyon are snow packed and icy, though they remained open as of the morning hours, with the exception of Hermit Road. Crews are currently working to clear the road, according to officials with the National Park Service. Interstate 40 was also closed as of the morning of Dec. 8, though crews expect to have the road re-opened by 10 a.m.

A chance of rain and snow showers will continue today (Dec. 8) with roughly an inch of new precipitation expected. Windy, mostly cloudy conditions will prevail with high temperatures around 28 degrees on the Rim. Weather officials are calling for mostly cloudy conditions tonight with lows around six degrees. Mostly cloudy conditions will continue through the weekend.


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