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Rain, snow comes to Arizona, nearly halts all travel to high country


PHOENIX — A powerful storm system brought large amounts of rain across the Valley on Friday, while Arizona’s high country was plummeted with snow.

Rain totals have reached as high as 1-inch in some places, Maricopa County’s Flood Warning Branch tweeted out Friday night.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials tweeted that Thursday’s storm was “just a dress rehearsal,” since the strongest storms were expected to hit the Valley on Friday and stick around through Saturday afternoon.

While the Valley was hit with some wet weather Friday afternoon, it was Flagstaff and other parts of northern Arizona that were completely halted by snow storms.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety warned against traveling to northern Arizona late Friday afternoon, shortly after Northern Arizona University announced that all classes after 2 p.m. were cancelled for the day.

Arizona Snowbowl officials tweeted that the first storm brought 22 inches of snow to the area, while the next round of storms could bring as much as 18 inches of snowfall by Saturday.

The city of Strawberry, Arizona, saw at least 10 inches of snow by Friday night — with more to come.

The National Forest Service has closed all roads that lead to the Four Peaks and Mount Ord recreation areas in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, due to snow and bad conditions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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