PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- After a relatively quiet Thanksgiving Day, powerful storms brought tornadoes, heavy rain and wind to the Phoenix area and a lot of snow to the high country.

Two Tornado Warnings were issued early Friday morning, including areas of north Phoenix, Scottsdale, Apache Junction and Higley. After much research, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that three tornadoes did rip through the Phoenix area. 

[RELATED: National Weather Service confirms 3 tornado in Phoenix area]

Heavy storms continued for the Phoenix area, bringing heavy winds, rain and flooding for most of the Black Friday morning.

Some neighborhoods could see an 1 inch of rain, but the higher terrain spots to the north and east could see more. 

[RELATED: Click here to see radar]

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued several advisories in the Phoenix area. A Flood Advisory was issued for cities like Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, Avondale and Goodyear for any running washes and low-lying areas until 6 a.m. A flash flood warning was issued for New River, Cave Creek and Carefree until 8:30 a.m. 

[MORE: Click here to see forecast from Arizona's Weather Authority]

Black Friday morning shoppers hopefully had an umbrella if they were enduring the storms and hit the stores to score deals.

Winds were also a factor Friday morning with gusts up to 50 mph. The highest gusts so far were at Sky Harbor with 52 mph winds. Wind died down by the afternoon, but some breeze continued. 

High Country Snow

A Winter Storm Warning started late Thursday night and continues until midnight in northern Arizona for anything above 4,500 feet. Heavy snow and blowing snow was expected. 

[WATCH: Rain turned to snow in Yavapai County]

Flagstaff was predicted to pick up between 17-23" during the storms and heavier accumulations in the mountains. Prescott and Payson were expected to see anywhere from 4-8" of snow.

[RELATED: Multiple highways closed in high country due to powerful winter storm]

Just after 12:30 p.m. Friday, The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said these new roads reopened:

• Interstate 40 from U.S. 93 to Winslow (both directions).

• Interstate 17 at State Route 179 junction (both directions)

[WATCH: Snowbound in Flagstaff]

ADOT says these stretches of roads are still closed as of Friday afternoon:

• State Route 87 from Payson to Winslow (both directions).

• State Route 260 closed between Star Valley and Heber (both directions).

The storm is expected to wind down Friday and conditions look to clear out in the high country on Saturday.

We got some updated snow totals, showing just how much snow had fallen so far in the high country. As of Friday, at 11:30 a.m., the preliminary snowfall report from NWS was:

-Grand Canyon (South Rim): 15"

-Bellemont: 11"

-Williams: 11"

-Forest Lakes: 10"

-Flagstaff Area: 8 to 12"

-Prescott Area: 6 to 10"

-Pinetop: 5"

-Sedona: 2-4.5"

-Payson: 3"

 


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