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3/7/2013 9:47:00 PM
Winter storm warning in effect today; Prescott could get half-foot of snow
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier, file
Jane and Tim Griffin of Santa Cruz, Calif., wait at the stoplight at the corner of Gurley and Cortez streets as the snow flies in downtown Prescott on Dec. 7, 2009. The scene will likely be similar today, according to the National Weather Service.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier, file
Jane and Tim Griffin of Santa Cruz, Calif., wait at the stoplight at the corner of Gurley and Cortez streets as the snow flies in downtown Prescott on Dec. 7, 2009. The scene will likely be similar today, according to the National Weather Service.
Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

Downtown Prescott could see 4 to 6 inches of snow from a strong Pacific storm system sweeping through northern Arizona.

The courthouse plaza sits at 5,400 feet. Higher-elevation areas just to the south and west of downtown Prescott could get 8 to 12 inches by the time the storm moves out Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 6 a.m. to midnight today for areas of Yavapai County above 5,500 feet, and a winter weather advisory for areas between 4,500 and 5,500 feet.

The storm system could produce snow as low as 4,000 feet, and elevations higher than 6,000 feet could get as much as 14 inches of the white stuff.

"This is going to be a good snow event for northern Arizona," said Dan LeBlanc of the National Weather Service office in Flagstaff. He advised travelers to be prepared with emergency supplies.

The City of Prescott is asking people not to park along snowy streets.

"Cars parked along any street impede the progress of snow plows and pose a danger," Prescott Streets Superintendent Bobbie King said.

City code requires residents and businesses to clear snow and ice from sidewalks on their properties, Prescott officials noted.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is advising people not to drive anywhere during the snowstorm if they don't have to. To check highway conditions, dial 511 or go online to az511.gov.

"Expect winter driving conditions with slick roadways and low visibilities due to snow and blowing snow," the Weather Service's winter storm warning said.

Prescott's forecast is calling for rain to turn to snow around 11 a.m. today, with 100 percent chance for rain and snow today. The high temperature is forecast at 43 degrees. Winds could gust to 29 mph.

The Weather Service is calling for a 100 percent chance of heavy snow tonight with a low of 31 degrees, then a 70 percent chance for snow Saturday with a high of 42 degrees, and a 30 percent chance Saturday night with a low of 28 degrees.

Temperatures should rise back up to 54 degrees Sunday under mostly sunny skies.

To keep up with the latest forecast, go online to weather.gov/flagstaff.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Article comment by: It's Winter

Let's expect snow since it is winter, and Flagstaff receives alot more than Prescott. Pretty soon we'll be complaining it's too hot.

Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Article comment by: Carl v

They close Gurley by the elks because of the grade of the road is steeper than that of Iron Springs. The nickname for the elks stretch of gurley is suicide hill.

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
Article comment by: tired of it all

And they closed Gurley by the Elks for a little slush...who's in charge with the DPW? Iron Springs Rd was worse and that remained open!

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
Article comment by: @ Prescott Resident

I'm from "east coast" and the same thing happen there. Preparations are made even for a little bit of snow. Better safe than sorry.

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Protected

I sure could use some global warming about now!

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
Article comment by: Here we go AGAIN

I'll believe it when I see it :/

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
Article comment by: Out Of Control

These news stories are out of control. The last one said "Biggest snow of season, stock up on water and supplies" and we literally got less than a half inch of snow and just wet roads. I know weather is really unpredictable but i'm not calling this a "good snow event" until I see it. The weather channels and websites have cried "severe storm warning" wolf too many times. Back in 2009 I saw a real snow storm here. Ambulances and CYFD couldn't even keep up and had calls waiting 45 mins before they could respond.

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Resident

I sure hope the fine folks at the City of Prescott declare an emergency and get everyone together at the operations center to "prepare" for the storm. I sure feel much safer at night knowing the City has placed numerous amounts of resources on standby in fear of a little snow.I just don't know how the folks on the east coast do it when they get 2 feet of snow. Everything will come to a halt here for 3 inches of snow. Thank you for being my hero!



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