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The family of Paul Handverger had a ball at their home in Clarkdale in the sudden snowstorm that hit Arizona in December 1967. However, the more than three feet of snow became a danger to many families in the Verde Valley.

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The absolute silence in Clarkdale on the morning of Dec. 13, 1967, woke me up. I rose and opened the window shade; I could barely see the houses across Main Street through the gently falling, large snowflakes that were smothering our town. It was snowing!