Brrr! Winter storm hits hard in our state

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A winter storm hit Arizona hard Saturday!

After days of balmy January weather in the 70s, Phoenix-area temps dropped drastically over the weekend, with the storm bringing rain and gusty winds to the Valley and snow and icy roads to the high country.

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Here in the Phoenix area, we had a gloomy, overcast day with chilly weather and scattered rain showers.

Up north, this blast of wintry weather is making for a white weekend in the Flagstaff area.

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The National Weather Service in Flagstaff warned drivers about slick and hazardous road conditions across northern Arizona.

Officials say there were reports of slide-offs and crashes as roadways become slippery from snow.

[VIDEO: Snowy roads in Pinetop]

According to ADOT, the safest thing to do during a storm to delay travel until it passes and highways are clear.

Drivers are advised to prepare for extended time on the road by packing an emergency kit with items like blankets, warm clothes, food and water, cat litter or sand for traction and a fully charged cellphone

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Photos from ADOT and the National Weather Service showed northbound traffic on I-17 at a standstill near Munds Park south of Flagstaff. Steady snowfall was also reported along I-40.

Snowplows were out in force to keep the roads clear, but bad conditions were still expected.

Mountain communities above 6,000 ft. could see anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow before Sunday morning. 

Flagstaff was forecasted to receive 4 to 6 inches of snow, with 2 to 4 inches for Williams, less than an inch for Prescott and Payson, and 1 to 2 inches for Show Low.

After the storm, Flagstaff recorded over 7 inches of snow and Williams got 5 inches.

But this storm is short-lived.

Sunshine returns Sunday with a high of 61. Drying and warming will continue for the first half of next week, with highs back to the low 70s by Tuesday. But you can still expect some pretty chilly mornings as you head back to work and school next week.

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