Storm dumps snow in northern Arizona; road closures in effect

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A major winter storm dropping snow across northern Arizona has created hazardous driving conditions.
 
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia says officers responded Wednesday to dozens of incidents involving vehicles colliding or sliding.
 
A winter storm warning was in effect until midday Thursday for northern and eastern parts of the state, along with the mountains in the southeastern section.
 
The Arizona Department of Transportation says US 93, which connects Phoenix and Las Vegas, was closed northbound at Wikieup because of weather. Meanwhile, crashes have caused closures along Interstate 40.
 
Parts of the Flagstaff area had up to 5 inches of snow by midmorning. Forecasters predict calls for accumulations of 9 to 15 inches by late Thursday.
 
An overnight freeze warning has been issued for Phoenix which was getting rain Wednesday morning.

Other road closures:

-- Mohave County:

Hualapai Mountain Road remains closed beginning at milepost 4.5.

Old Highway 66 at Silver Creek and Cool Springs has also been closed.

Very icy and snowy road conditions.

Stay off the roads if possible until conditions improve.