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Northern Arizona Gets Rare Dose of Late-Season Snow

By The Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—Northern Arizona had a rare dose of late-season snow.

Some parts of the region received only traces. But the National Weather Service recorded inches of snow in Williams, Flagstaff and Grand Canyon Village.

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A multiple car accident caused by slick roads from a snowfall near Flagstaff, Ariz. on May 23, 2019. (Erin Hudman/Ponderosa Fire District via AP)

The weather service says measurable snowfall in Flagstaff in late May is unusual. It’s happened less than a dozen times since record-keeping began in 1898.

The latest storm brought record-breaking daytime lows to the region. Roads had been slick until the snow tapered off Thursday afternoon.

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This photo provided by the Ponderosa Fire District shows a multiple car accident caused by slick roads from a snow fall near Flagstaff, Ariz. on May 23, 2019. (Erin Hudman/Ponderosa Fire District via AP)

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says several vehicles crashed on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, including a tour bus wedged between two semi-trailers. No major injuries were reported.

Flagstaff is above its average 102 inches of snowfall per season at more than 118 inches.