Wintry weather headed into northern Arizona, cooldown coming to the Valley

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A winter storm is bearing down on northern Arizona and the National Weather Service is warning of high winds, rain and blowing snow beginning Saturday night.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Pacific storm system will bring from 2 to 4 inches of snow to areas above 6,000 feet and 5 to 9 inches above 9,000 feet on the Kaibab plateau south of the Grand Canyon. Snow accumulations are expected to be about the same along the Mogollon Rim.

Driving will be hazardous, with winds gusting to 40 mph and blowing snow and rain cutting visibility at times. Roads are expected to be slippery and drivers are urged to slow down and to carry emergency supplies.

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