FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A late winter storm dropped snow on parts of Arizona's high country Wednesday, slowing traffic and delaying school openings in Flagstaff.
Flagstaff had 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow by 5 a.m. and forecasters said up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of additional snow were expected by midday.
The Flagstaff Unified School District delayed schools openings by two hours due to the current and anticipated weather conditions.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reported slow travel on Interstates 17 and 40 in the Flagstaff area due to snow and wet pavement.
A winter weather advisory citing continued snowfall remained in effect until 11 a.m. for areas above 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) for a region stretching from the Grand Canyon on the north to Prescott on the south.
Winds are creating gusty conditions across northern Arizona today. Here is a quick summary of peak wind gusts as of 2 PM MST today. Expect widespread gusty conditions into the early evening. Watch for areas of blowing snow on the roadways. #azwx pic.twitter.com/0BLTUYn0dG— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) March 13, 2019
11:30 AM MST - Here is a look at the additional snowfall expected this afternoon. Gusty west-southwest winds will continue to create hazardous driving conditions. Delay travel if at all possible. #azwx pic.twitter.com/V412TLCad0— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) March 13, 2019
Due to the current and anticipated weather conditions, all schools of the Flagstaff Unified School District will be on a two-hour delayed start. Full info at https://t.co/UnG4h7pHYq. pic.twitter.com/TqHHmvhCbn— Flagstaff Unified School District (@FlagstaffUSD1) March 13, 2019
9:30 AM MST- Moderate to heavy snow continues in the Payson, Heber-Overgaard, Forest Lakes, and Show Low area. Expect very hazardous driving conditions to continue over the next couple hours. #azwx pic.twitter.com/7txpSXh3iX— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) March 13, 2019