Snow blankets Flagstaff

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Natalie Brand and Brittney Shipp

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 7:57 AM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. --  A strong, quick moving cold front brought a fair amount of snow to northern and eastern Arizona and overnight showers to the Valley.

About 8 inches of snow came down in Flagstaff over night and it was still coming down at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Two recent storms dropped as much as 2 feet of snow in the mountains north of Flagstaff, about 20 inches in Flagstaff and along the Mogollon Rim, and about 6 inches in Prescott. The snowfall put Flagstaff above its nearly 17-inch normal for December with the snowiest month yet to come in January.

"We still have some considerable snowpack around, so we will get snowfall on top of that," said Robert Rickey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

The snowpack has allowed two Arizona ski resorts to open this week - Arizona Snowbowl outside Flagstaff and Sunrise Park Resort near Greer.

For those traveling over the weekend for the holidays, the weather won't be as bitter. Warmer temperatures will return Thursday and will be back to near-normal on Friday and through the weekend, Rickey said.

Until then, the major roadways in northern Arizona are expected to be an icy and slushy mess. Gusty winds that send snow blowing through the air also could limit visibility.

Another storm system could cross the state Sunday night and early Monday, though forecasters say the exact timing is uncertain as well as the amount of snow it could bring.

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