Wind. Rain. Snow. Winter storm will be one for the record books

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by April Warnecke, Mike Watkiss, Tyler Baldwin, Javier Soto and The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 21 at 2:38 PM

STATEWIDE -- A major winter storm is picking up, bringing rain to the Valley and snow in the high country, and it's going to get worse as the day goes on. Plan on extremely high winds -- gusts up to 60 mph -- and heavy precipitation throughout the state.

Flagstaff residents are digging out from 3 feet of fresh snow and bracing for another 2 feet of powder.

In the Phoenix area, the winter storm has flooded roads and grounded some flights at Sky Harbor International Airport.

Interstate 17 from Camp Verde to Flagstaff and State Route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona are closed, leaving motorists without a direct route between Phoenix and Flagstaff. Interstate 40 remained open at midday.

Six to 7 inches of rain was forecast for northern Maricopa and Gila counties. The rain had forced the closure of some city streets in Phoenix and flooded washes in the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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