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Flagstaff shuts down as another round of snow moves in


PHOENIX — Schools and government offices locked the doors and turned off the lights early on Monday in Flagstaff as another round of snow moved into the area.

All of Flagstaff Unified School District declared a snow day on Monday, while Northern Arizona University gave staying open the old college try before deciding to cancel all classes that began after noon.

It seemed some NAU students had some fun planned for their snow day.

City offices also opened briefly, but the decision was later made to send everyone home early ahead of the advancing weather.

But government buildings weren’t the only places opting to close the shutters and stay in bed a few minutes longer. Several businesses in the area — including the Flagstaff Mall — did not open or had shortened hours.

The National Weather Service tweeted a video of heavy snow falling about noon and said conditions are expected to get worse.

In addition to snow, strong winds were also reported.

The weather service said Monday’s storm could bring up to an additional eight inches of snow for Flagstaff. A winter storm warning was in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The storm was expected to move out of the area on Tuesday, but high temperatures will likely remain below freezing until Sunday.

Northern Arizona was pounded with snow over the weekend. Some parts received nearly two feet of the white stuff and slide-offs were reported all along the high country.

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