A hazardous weather outlook and flash flood watch have been raised for the Verde Valley including Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons with snow at the higher elevations.
That means motorists should prepare for slippery driving conditions and for snow above 6,000 feet, including areas south of Jerome, on Copper Canyon and in the Upper Oak Creek Canyon.
The storm will be pushing in from California late Thursday and Friday morning. Due to the heavy rainfall expected, a flood watch is posted beginning at midnight Friday. By Saturday morning accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected.
Snowfall is expected at the 6,000-foot level but snow is expect to range from 5,500 feet to 6,500 feet.