Alaska weather follows Bristol Palin to Arizona
Heavy snow and strong winds has shut down major roads and left urban areas in a whiteout as winter storms now batter the U.S. West Coast.Check out this picture of the snow falling on the Joshua Tree cactus. Global warming has come to Arizona. They can probably use the water when the snow melts.
States in the west were hit by blizzards in mountainous regions and heavy rain at lower levels, cutting power to thousands of homes and triggering hundreds of accidents.
Even the relatively warm Phoenix desert area has been hit by the freezing weather, with heavy rain and residents warned to expect rare icy conditions.
Snow and ice forced the closure of parts of Interstate 17 and 40, the two major thoroughfares in northern Arizona, stranding hundreds of motorists south of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.
Abel Gurrola was stuck for several hours on the I-17 as he drove north with his wife and three sons.
He said: 'As far as I can see, it's tail lights.'