Our Sedona Winter Wonderland is Coming Soon - Are You Prepared?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

Winter is Coming in Sedona

Make Sure You Have A Snow Shovel!

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Many areas of the country have already experienced their first snow. Here in the southwest and in Sedona Arizona, we still have time to prepare. The earliest I have seen a dusting of snow is the first week of December but you should be prepared for below freezing temps a week before Thanksgiving.  

Remember the Sedona Winter of 2018-2019?

El Nino was responsible for our extreme cold weather last winter, especially February. Sedona had 5 low-temperature readings below 20º with 11.2º the lowest temp so far this year. I am pretty sure this will hold as the lowest temperature for the rest of 2019.

When I say "low temp", I am referring to the temperature that hits the lowest point for the day. Usually, this is in the early morning right before sunrise. As soon as the sun rises, the temperature readings start to rise and quickly get above freezing.

What is a Hard Freeze?

What we have to be worried about is a "hard freeze". This is a combination of temperature and time below freezing that can damage the cell structure of a plant or bush. 27º is considered a danger zone. Ice can start forming on water and seasonal vegetation may be destroyed if the temp remains there for a sufficient time period.

Moving Forward - Are You Willing To Take The Chance?

Last year (2018), only 1 day at 18.6º was recorded. February had the most snowfall in any recorded month since starting in 2010 at 25.51 inches recorded at the Cottages At Coffeepot weather station. Chances are we may not see cold temperatures and snow like we saw last February but are you willing to take the chance?

Don't Get Caught Off Guard!

Once the stores run out of winter supplies, it is hard to find any replacements. It is better to be prepared than to be caught off guard. I was in Ace Hardware at the beginning of November and they had the snow shovels (all models) lined up at the entrance to the store. Ace had plenty of buckets of driveway salt also.

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I went in to get some burlap to cover the plants when the temperatures get down below freezing and saw this first hand. When we got to Sedona, we bought a snow shovel, my husband has used it every year. Even in light snow, it is better to be pro-active and keep a path clear for walking. It was only a couple of years later, that we had ice on the driveway and had to buy a snow pick to scrap it off.

This past February, we had such a large amount of snowfall (over 25 inches) that many residents were caught off guard. We were the only ones with a snow shovel or salt. Many neighbors needed our help to clear driveways. My husband also has a rock climbing jeep if there was an emergency and someone needed to get to a hospital. Fortunately, there are four vehicles like this in our neighborhood but only Rick is here full-time!

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Another item I would highly recommend is a cover to protect the outdoor faucet. I have had two faucets freeze up. I left a hose on one which is something you do not want to do in the winter during freezing morning temps. The other faucet was just a little too exposed to the elements.

Living in Southern California until 2007, I had never seen one of these covers. It is worth spending a couple of dollars to put one of these covers over each of your faucets. Outdoor spigots can cause damage to your pipes especially if the hose is left attached. Make sure to pull the hose off the spigot after each use during the winter months.

How do Faucet or Spigot Bib Covers work?

These outdoor spigot or faucet bib covers are easy to put on and take off to put a hose on to water plants during times when there is no freeze. The black pull has a circle at the end under the bell-shaped cover. Fit that over the faucet handle or spigot and then you can tighten or loosen the pull. Just make sure you put it back on before the next freeze!

 Here are just a few things to keep in mind when you are off to the store to pick up winter supplies.

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Snow Shovel

Pick up a nice sturdy snow shovel with metal on the scoop. This will keep your shovel from wearing out prematurely. It should be light but sturdy. The snow shovel pictured above is 15 years old! Remember, you won't be using it very often but you will be so glad you have it when you need it!

Driveway Salt

If you wait too long, this is another commodity that will be missing from store shelves. I was able to substitute soft water system salt and it works just fine. I also recommend a small container that you can use to easily scoop the salt out of as you place it on your steps.

Burlap Roll or Bags 

Take inventory of plants and hedges that may need extra protection from early morning freezing temps. In most cases here in Sedona, you can keep plants covered and they should be able to weather the freeze. I had a very hardy cactus plant and never covered it. It seemed to do fine every year until it didn't... I lost this beautiful cactus.

No alt text provided for this imageIf you cover cactus plants like the one pictured above, make sure you are wearing gloves. This type of cactus has plenty of stickers that you won't even be able to see. My suggestion, once the season is over take the tarp (at arm's length) and throw it in the trash!

Odds and Ends

You might also need Bungie cords, rope or netting to secure the tarp around bushes or trees. I also bought some stakes to secure the netting into the ground. Last recommendation, don't wait until the freeze is upon you to get all the supplies. If you plan ahead, you will be happy you did!

Don't Let A Little Snow Scare You Away From Sedona!

I have found that many real estate agents do not show snow in their images. My husband was commissioned by an agent for landscapes of Sedona and she specifically told him "no images with snow."

We are fortunate to have a four-season climate. Better yet, the winter and summer seasons are mild compared to the rest of the country. Why? The humidity is low. Sometimes the snow evaporates before it melts. It just disappears.

Thunder Mountain Sedona AZ - Snow evaporation creates a mist or fog like conditionAbove -Snow evaporating off of Thunder Mountain creates a mist or fog-like condition
Many who have not experienced winter here in Sedona don't realize just how beautiful it really is. We don't get a lot of snow and when we do, it melts the same day. It is rare we see ice and that is only if the sun cannot reach it. Shady areas may make the snow linger. Our freezing temps are usually in the early morning and once the sun comes out, temps move into the 50ºs or 60ºs. Rick has only recorded 3 days with a high of below 32º since 2011. That is approximately 3,282 days (and climbing) that never had a day where the temperature stayed below 32º. My husband has a weather station in the backyard and tracks all the temps. See Sedona-Weather.com.

The contrast of the crimson color of the rocks and the evergreens with the pure white snow is just amazing to see. Our cold is not bone-chilling because the air is dry. Most days, just a sweater will do. You don't need to bundle up unless you are going to be out in the weather for longer periods.

As always, if I can help you with any questions about Sedona or Verde Valley real estate, please don't hesitate to call me at 928) 274-7355. Get to know me at Sedona-Lifestyle.com.

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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In Wisconsin...above Zero is a wonderful...great suggestions for "being prepared" it is a seasonal ritual here that we have had for a lifetime. Have a wonderful weekend !

Nov 08, 2019 05:13 AM #2
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi James Dray,

Fortunately, we don't see many days of snow and it doesn't stick around. 

Nov 08, 2019 05:26 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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As always, Sheri... loved your "picture show." That's a whole lotta snow! I'm quite happy we don't see that here in Charlotte!

Nov 08, 2019 05:28 AM #4
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson,

Where you live there are even more "rituals", such as draining or blowing out the outdoor water lines, putting your pools in winter mode and storm doors, windows in place. None of that needs to take place in Sedona. 

Nov 08, 2019 05:30 AM #5
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We do have lengthy "to do" lists...but having lived here for a lifetime Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ..it's "normal" for us...

 

Nov 08, 2019 05:36 AM #6
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your photographs.

All of us need to be prepared for winter weather conditions.

Nov 08, 2019 05:52 AM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Sheri- besides all of the excellent information you've given, your photos are stunning. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:18 AM #8
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Brian England
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I was up in Flagstaff for a few days and one of the days it rained, but the rain looked more like hail and it stuck to the ground like snow.  I knew that meant it was too cold for me to go outside, haha.

Nov 08, 2019 07:27 AM #9
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Wonderful photos and a timely post in advance of the cold. Don't worry, we wouldn't let a little snow scare us. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:33 AM #10
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson,

To me, you are the experts. If I needed some advice you would be the first I would go to. Don't take this the wrong way, but I hope I never need that advice! Ha Ha

Nov 08, 2019 07:51 AM #11
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Roy Kelley,

As you know, some areas like Florida, southern AZ or SoCal, don't really have 4 seasons.  In fact, speaking from experience, southern California drivers had a hard time driving in rain at the beginning of the season!!

Nov 08, 2019 07:54 AM #12
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Kathy Streib,

Thank you! We take more pics in the winter than at any time of year other than monsoon. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:55 AM #13
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Brian England,

You are so right!  Sticking to the ground is a good sign that it may be too cold to go outside. Even when we get snow it takes a lot to make it stick. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:57 AM #14
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Some people actually enjoy our weather...some just in small doses !

Nov 08, 2019 07:58 AM #15
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

After being in this business for years, I am amazed at how many do not even want to think about moving to anyplace with snow! It can be a conversation stopper.  

Nov 08, 2019 08:00 AM #16
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - looks like you have the right vehicle for Sedona in the snow.  I solved the faucit problem with shut offs on the inside of the house.

Nov 08, 2019 08:53 AM #17
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Sheri - seasonal preparation mean different things for different people.  Different locations definitely.  Preparation is good regardless of situation.  

Nov 08, 2019 08:58 AM #18
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sheri,

I enjoyed your lovely photos of Sedona in the snow.  Your preparation list is wonderful and I am sure everyone in your sphere appreciates it.

Nov 08, 2019 11:21 AM #19
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those are abolutely stunning views, Sheri.  And, I like how you have the shovel and salt ready to go right near the door.  We don't get snow here in Sacramento, but have other things to deal with when Mother Nature kicks up her heals.

Nov 08, 2019 12:40 PM #20
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CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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