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from FRI 11:00 AM MST until SAT 11:00 PM MST, Yavapai County Mountains, Little Colorado River Valley in Coconino County, Little Colorado River Valley in Navajo County, Little Colorado River Valley in Apache County, Eastern Mogollon Rim, White Mountains, Northern Gila County, Yavapai County Valleys and Basins, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Western Pima County including Ajo/Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Tohono O'odham Nation including Sells, Upper Santa Cruz River and Altar Valleys including Nogales, Tucson Metro Area including Tucson/Green Valley/Marana/Vail, South Central Pinal County including Eloy/Picacho Peak State Park, Southeast Pinal County including Kearny/Mammoth/Oracle, Upper San Pedro River Valley including Sierra Vista/Benson, Eastern Cochise County below 5000 ft including Douglas/Wilcox, Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton/Safford, White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee Counties including Hannagan Meadow, Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains including Mount Graham, Chiricahua Mountains including Chiricahua National Monument, Dragoon/Mule/Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains including Bisbee/Canelo Hills/Madera Canyon, Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains including Mount Lemmon/Summerhaven, Baboquivari Mountains including Kitt Peak, Kofa, Central La Paz, Aguila Valley, Southeast Yuma County, Gila River Valley, Northwest Valley, Tonopah Desert, Gila Bend, Buckeye/Avondale, Cave Creek/New River, Deer Valley, Central Phoenix, North Phoenix/Glendale, New River Mesa, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Rio Verde/Salt River, East Valley, Fountain Hills/East Mesa, South Mountain/Ahwatukee, Southeast Valley/Queen Creek, Superior, Northwest Pinal County, West Pinal County, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Tonto Basin, Mazatzal Mountains, Pinal/Superstition Mountains, Sonoran Desert Natl Monument, San Carlos, Dripping Springs, Globe/Miami, Southeast Gila County

Winter storm to bring heavy snow, freezing rain across much of US, National Weather Service says

A series of winter storms will create hazardous conditions Thursday and into the weekend for many parts of the country.

The National Weather Service reported that snow will accumulate in dozens of areas from the West Coast to the East Coast. Many parts will also experience moderate to heavy rain.

Heavy snow is expected in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes area, interior northeast, northern New England, the Cascades and the Sierras, according to NWS.

These areas could see as much as 4 to 8 inches of snow and a foot is possible in isolated areas of the northeast. Some isolated areas of the Cascades could see a foot and a half, while the Olympic Mountains will get as much as 2 feet.

A mix of rain and snow is also expected, especially south of heavier snowfalls along the coastal Mid-Atlantic and southern New England. Freezing rain could also affect the Southern Plains into the mid-Mississippi Valley and the Mid-Atlantic region.

There is also a slight risk of excessive rainfall for the Mid-South from northeastern Oklahoma through Missouri and into central Illinois, the weather service reported.

The chilly conditions could cause slippery roads and scattered power outages.

The weather service also predicts blowing snow in the eastern Dakotas, western and southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and some areas where snow doesn’t often fall.

By Friday morning, a low-pressure system will develop over the Central Plans, move into the Midwest and bring strong weather conditions into the Great Lakes by Saturday. As the system moves through those areas, snow, rain and freezing rain are expected.