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Snow falls in Southeast, Great Lakes; dry in midsection

January 7, 1997

Snow fell Monday in the Southwest and around the Great Lakes, while a swath from northern California to the central Plains to the Southeast was fair and dry.

Fourteen inches of fresh snow fell by mid-morning at the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff.

``We were not even open a year ago. We had nothing on the ground,″ said Lynda Fleischer, marketing director. ``I’m seeing a lot of smiling skiers.″

Up to 17 inches of new snow was reported at the northern rim of Grand Canyon National Park, which closed some roads for a time. The snow was part of a storm system that still was developing, and spinning off moisture as far west as Texas.

``We’re selling lots of antifreeze, de-icer and ice scrapers,″ said Naomi Gerhart, who works at an auto supply store in the west Texas town of Winters. ``Today, people are beginning to kind of look out for things like that.″

Some roads and schools also closed in Michigan, one of the states suffering from so-called ``lake-effect″ snow. The snow and wind combined to push snow drifts as high as 4 feet in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

The dry stream of air was helping Pacific Northwest states hard hit by rain over the last week, although some flooding still occurred and rain persisted in western Washington. Quillayute, Wash., received 3.22 inches of moisture.

The Plains states used the sunshine to clear roads closed from a weekend storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in some areas. Temperatures remained cold, however. A low of 22 below zero was registered in Park Rapids, Minn., for the Lower 48, while a minus-45 wind chill was felt in Grand Marais, Minn.

The nation’s midday high was 84 in Fort Myers, Fla.

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