Winter Storm Warning: Rain and snow hit Arizona

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Snow in Prescott. (Source: Lisa Watts) Snow in Prescott. (Source: Lisa Watts)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for northern Arizona.

The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from midnight Thursday to 11 a.m. Saturday for areas above 5,500 feet.

The forecast calls for plenty of rain in the Valley and several rounds of snow in the high country. 

Expect snow to start in northwest Arizona on Thursday with the snow level at around 5,000 feet. The snow will spread south and east into Flagstaff, the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains throughout the day.

The National Weather Service says heavy and blowing snow may make driving conditions extremely dangerous at higher elevations of southern Gila County, especially on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and over Signal Peak.

The schools in the Blue Ridge School District and the Flagstaff Unified School District will be closed on Friday. No classes, sports or school activities will take place, according to district officials.

[Slideshow: Rain and snow coming to Arizona]

The Valley can expect some light rain Thursday morning with better coverage for Thursday evening.

Expect about 1/2 inch of rain in the Phoenix-metro area and more than 6 inches of snow in the high country during the day on Thursday.

Our second storm arrives Friday evening through Saturday morning.

The second round will bring heavier snow, with snow levels dropping down to 4,000 feet.

As far as amounts go, expect a foot of snow possible above 6,000 by Saturday afternoon.

Elevations above 7,000 feet could pick up 18 to 24 inches of snow.

The snow and rain slow by Sunday, but another round is possible on Monday and Tuesday.

A third storm is expected to arrive on Monday, bringing more rain and snow to the state. 

[CBS 5 Weather]

[3TV Weather]

SNOW FORECAST:

Flagstaff: 18-24 inches

Prescott: 4-8 inches

Payson: 2-4 inches

Show Low: 10-16 inches

Ash fork: 1-2 inches

Parks: 10 inches

Mingus Mountain: 5 inches

Happy Jack: 8 inches

Strawberry: 5 inches

Forest Lakes: 10 inches

Pinetop: 6 inches

Greer: 8 inches

FLAGSTAFF:

PHOENIX:

CBS 5 and 3TV meteorologists:

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY:

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:


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