Winter Storm Warning

We left Las Vegas and we drove to Sedona yesterday. We had done our research and we had determined that the very best time to visit Sedona is between March and May.

The most popular time to visit Sedona, according to, is in the spring, between March and May. People flock here for those beautiful temperatures that allow for plenty of outdoor exploration without it being too hot or cold. The spring is prime time to head out on a hike to see the aforementioned wildflowers, take a Jeep tour through the canyons, walk through the center of town for some shopping, and sit and watch a magical desert sunset. During the spring season, you can hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad once again to take its Spring in Bloom train to see the cacti burst with color.

According to Google, the average high in March is 20 Celsius or 68 Fahrenheit. Perfect. Let’s book a month in Sedona. We can enjoy the mild temperatures and explore the great outdoors.

What’s this?

And what a storm it was! We had to drive around the storm, in effect going all the way down to Phoenix before circling back up to Sedona, to bypass I-40 which had been closed due to the severe weather.

The drive took several hours longer than expected and it was exceptionally challenging with near zero visibility, high winds and slick roads.

But we did make it here.

This morning we are snowed in. I think we received somewhere between 5 and 10 inches of snow. This is the view outside our front door:

And the backyard:

I had hoped to escape winter in Canada. And we drove thousands of miles in what is now a failed attempt to leave the snow behind.

We have a few errands to run this morning and it looks like I will have to get out a snow shovel to clear the drive.

The snow will be gone soon enough as the mild weather returns on Friday and the long-range forecast looks pleasant so there is hope.

The house we have rented for the month is quite stunning and I know we will enjoy our stay here despite the cruel reminder from Mother Nature that winter is never too far away.

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