Storm brings snow, rain to Arizona; Flagstaff schools closed

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Public schools are closed in Flagstaff as a winter storm dropped snow in Arizona's high country and rain in the deserts.

In northern and east-central Arizona, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Flagstaff and other areas of the Mogollon Rim region from midday Monday until early Tuesday morning.

Forecasters said snow accumulations above 6,000 feet will total 4 to 10 inches, with higher amounts above 8,500 feet.

A flash-flood watch was issued Monday for the Phoenix area in south-central Arizona and low-lying areas of southwestern Arizona, while snow is forecast for southeastern Arizona mountains.

Some people in homes along Oak Creek Canyon can't leave or return because of flooding. Sandbags were available elsewhere in Coconino County. 

The Flagstaff school district said it closed schools because of the weather forecast, road conditions and inaccessibility of some areas on the outskirts of Flagstaff.

Northern Arizona University will reportedly close their campus at 2 p.m. due to the snow.

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