Arizona hit hard with rain, snow and even tornado warnings
PHOENIX - Heavy rain is hitting the Valley on Black Friday and the National Weather Service even issued multiple tornado warnings.
The National Weather Service says a cold front is bringing heavy rain to the Valley, however, the rain is expected to let up later Friday morning.
The heavy rain has caused flooding and damage in parts of the Valley.
A tornado warning was issued for Maricopa County but has since expired.
Tornado warnings were also issued for Marana near Tucson and the Apache Junction area on Friday.
Due to the storms, multiple outages are being reported across the Valley, according to SRP and APS.
Heavy snow is falling in northern Arizona’s high country where stretches of two interstates and other highways are closed due to travel conditions described by forecasters as “difficult to impossible.”
The National Weather Service said at 6:15 a.m. Friday that up to 4 inches fell in the previous hour at Bellemont west of Flagstaff and that there were 9 inches on the ground.
Forecasters say Flagstaff is expected to get a total of 18 inches of snow between early Thursday morning and midnight.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says partial highway closures that began Thursday night included Interstate 40 in both directions for 180 miles between U.S. 93 and Winslow and northbound Interstate 17 for the 40 miles south of Flagstaff. Both roadways have been reopened.
The U.S. 60 has reopened between Globe and Show Low in eastern Arizona.
Snowplows are working and travel conditions are expected to improve Saturday morning.
Arizona Snowbowl officials say the ski park received 21 inches of snow overnight and another 19 inches are expected in the forecast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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