Plan for a white New Year; winter storm to bring widespread snow

NORTHERN ARIZONA -- A heavy winter storm is bearing down on Arizona, predicted to bring rain and even snow to the Verde Valley New Year's eve. The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Snow accumulations are generally predicted between 6 and 14 inches above 5000 feet and 2 to 6 inches below 5000 feet.

Cottonwood could see 1 to three inches of the white stuff with 3 to 6 inches in Sedona.

Rain is expected to begin falling Tuesday night and increase to 100% throughout Wednesday with snow showers likely Wednesday night and New Year's morning before 11 a.m.

Temperatures will be cold, not even climbing out of the 30s on Thursday and falling to the low 20s Friday morning.

Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds travelers to be well rested and alert when taking to the highways this holiday.

Travelers should be prepared for mechanical, traffic, weather and other types of delays by carrying sufficient equipment and supplies that can sustain you and your family until help arrives. Also, make sure your vehicle and tires are in good working order.


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