FLAGSTAFF, AZ – The National Weather Service office in Flagstaff, AZ is reporting that this is the first part of a huge Pacific storm system that is currently affecting much of northern and central Arizona. Rain and snow will continue to spread east and north throughout the day.
This amount of rain and snow from the higher mountain terrain will likely produce widespread flooding, and people living on or near drainage areas should be prepared for the worst and be ready to seek higher ground.
Elevation above 6500 feet will see an additional 3-6 inches during the day today despite the change to a wintery mix. After the cold front passes tonight, heavy snow will return to Northern Arizona with a storm total of 2 to 3 feet above 6500 feet. And elevations above 7000 feet should expect 3 to 5 feet of snow.
Due to the high winds that are expected, power outages are to be expected throughout the week and the weekend. Weather conditions are expected to improve until Sunday or Monday.
For more up to date information, please refer to http://www.weather.gov/flagstaff.