Phoenix weather: Stormy start to new week

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PHOENIX -- A cold storm system is moving through Arizona, bringing rain and low-elevation snow Monday. 

Scattered rain showers are possible throughout the day in the Valley, and afternoon highs are only expected to top out near 55 degrees. Snow levels are near 3,000 feet, with a dusting of snow possible in spots like Carefree and Cave Creek. 

The McDowell Mountains, elevation 4,000 feet, were coated in snow this morning.

The flakes were really flying in the high country, where schools were canceled for the day in several communities, including Payson and Flagstaff. 

Between the weekend storm and this storm, Flagstaff has more than 1 foot of snow on the ground, and Payson was at 9 inches as of this morning. 

Prescott received 6 inches and Snowbowl had almost 2 feet of fresh powder. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for parts of the high country for as much as 8 inches of additional snow today from the storm.  The Rim and the White Mountains are expected to pick up the most snow, while Flagstaff may just add a couple more inches. 

Tomorrow will be sunny but chilly across Arizona, with a real warm-up not likely until Thursday. 

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