A winter storm will bring high winds, mountain snow and potentially the coldest temperatures of the season to Arizona.

[RELATED: High winds force Arizona Snowbowl to close Monday]

A trough of low pressure dropping south into the state began impacting the region on Sunday afternoon. Pressure gradients tightened at the surface, so southwesterly winds kicked up in western and northern Arizona.

[RELATED: High winds force Arizona Snowbowl to close]

Gusts of 40 to 55 mph are possible for these areas through Monday evening. Blowing dust in susceptible areas and difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles will be likely. Wind Advisories have been issued for these areas as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

Snow levels are expected to drop between 6,500 and 2,500 feet Monday. Reduced viability from blowing snow will be likely Monday through Tuesday morning.

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Roads will also be icy. Snowfall totals between Monday morning and Tuesday morning will range from 4 to 6 inches for Flagstaff, 1 to 3 inches for Williams, 2 to 4 inches for Show Low, 6 to 10 inches for Forest Lakes and 4 to 6 inches for Pinetop.

[READ MORE: Winter storm watch issued for northern Arizona]

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings went into effect at 12 a.m. Monday.

The Valley has a 20 percent chance of showers on Monday, otherwise, generally dry conditions are expected.


The bigger impacts from this storm for Metro Phoenix will be wind gusts of 40 mph Monday, and a cold air mass that will settle into the area.

This chill will bring daytime highs down to the 50s Tuesday afternoon, with morning lows in the 30s Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

This storm will be out of Arizona by Tuesday afternoon. Drying and warming will begin Wednesday and Thursday. Another storm may impact Arizona on Friday.

The forecast for Metro Phoenix today includes mostly sunny skies with a high of 72. There's a 20 percent chance of showers tonight with a low of 55.

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ROAD CLOSURE: Desert View Drive (Hwy 64) also known as East Rim Drive is currently closed due to weather and multiple accidents. Traveling? Call 928-638-7496 for current park road condition and road closure information recording. pic.twitter.com/JhyNn1VayL— Grand Canyon NPS (@GrandCanyonNPS) February 19, 2018
Snow flurries showing in Flagstaff CVB webcam. Not much of it seems to be sticking on the roads. #azwx pic.twitter.com/AwqbpLq9op— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
SR 64 at Grand Canyon South Rim has some snow on the road. The canyon is also socked in with low clouds. #aztraffic #azwx pic.twitter.com/hFoDYp8eJO— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Here's video of an ADOT snowplow in action along SR 260 on Sunrise Mountain in eastern Arizona. Mark Trennepohl, ADOT's statewide road weather manager, explains what's happening. #azwx pic.twitter.com/lFhTCxgHbP— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
SR 347 at Gravel Pit: Watch for blowing dust affecting visibility south of Phoenix on SR 347 & I-10. #aztraffic #azwx pic.twitter.com/5GkjfnPUw1— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Mark Trennepohl, ADOT's statewide road weather manager, reports from a stretch of SR 260 in the White Mountains known as "The Funnel." This area on Sunrise Mountain is prone to heavy, drifting snow during storms, and today is no exception. #azwx pic.twitter.com/bi4NikKvfz— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Watch for snowplows & hazardous road conditions on SR 260 near Sunrise Mountain. Slow down and give plows plenty of room to clear the roads. Stay back at least 4 car lengths. #aztraffic #azwx pic.twitter.com/IzRIuHBuw9— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Due to high wind, Snowbowl is closed today. We will re-open at 9 a.m. tomorrow, February 20 with fresh snow, 100% open lifts, and top to bottom skiing. pic.twitter.com/LK2P4d1tuO— Arizona Snowbowl (@AZSnowbowl) February 19, 2018
Travelers should prepare for winter storm today and avoid travel in high country if they can. #azwx #aztraffic https://t.co/uGvw5qst3d pic.twitter.com/AFkjaHnfWl— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Some showers spotted in the valley. Expect highest coverage today to be along the higher terrain northeast/east of #Phoenix. #azwx pic.twitter.com/yceaN642z1— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) February 19, 2018
I-40 just west of Flagstaff is https://t.co/fY4s8NWPLB for patches of snow and ice. #aztraffic pic.twitter.com/oJacd1ecwu— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Accumulating snow has not panned out as expected this morning. Still some hope as the cold front crosses the region through the day and snow levels drop. #azwx pic.twitter.com/aT9j16Gh5I— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 19, 2018
SR 87 north of Strawberry looks slick with snow and ice near Clints Well. Slow down and adjust your speed to conditions. #aztraffic pic.twitter.com/73KIRAhHCI— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
Brrrrr! Temperatures will plummet into the 30s Wednesday morning as a cold air mass settles over our area. Be sure to take the necessary precautions with your sensitive plants and animals. #azwx pic.twitter.com/EkcL4Wo5Va— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) February 19, 2018
425AM - Bands of rain and snow are common along the Mogollon Rim this morning. Snow levels ranging from 6500-7500 feet (highest to the east). Some of the bands are intense and capable of covering the ground with snow pellets quickly. SLOW DOWN! #azwx pic.twitter.com/Lo8TSYugLf— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 19, 2018
1240AM - Here is a look at updated snow amounts for later tonight through Monday night. Take note that expected amounts have come down a bit. #azwx pic.twitter.com/XsnhSLUr0C— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 19, 2018
Here are the peak wind gust reports through 6 PM. Expect even higher winds at many locations overnight and into Monday. #azwx pic.twitter.com/msfDrkmagD— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 19, 2018
"Batten down the hatches." -@JavierSotoTV #azfamily pic.twitter.com/t7l2Agp7nS— Kim Quintero (@KimQuintero) February 19, 2018
Happy Monday! SAY IT AIN'T SNOW?! The flakes are flying this morning around Flagstaff, w/more on the way today! DRIVE SAFELY! #azw pic.twitter.com/HJLH7Mu03M— Kim Quintero (@KimQuintero) February 19, 2018
?? Winter storm today ?? Expect a lot of wind with snow today in northern Arizona. #azwx pic.twitter.com/P5kpRxa4md— Ian Schwartz (@SchwartzTV) February 19, 2018
Winds already ripping in northern Arizona this morning! Gusts up to 70 mph, with snow, possible later today. #azwx pic.twitter.com/3uLSjo5m62— Ian Schwartz (@SchwartzTV) February 19, 2018
Snow is piling up on Mount Graham near Tucson. Check with Pima County Sheriff's Office for road closures on Catalina Hwy. 520-547-7510 pic.twitter.com/2e8txWKNsY— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 19, 2018
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