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Storms blow through Phoenix, Flagstaff areas, knocking out power, blocking roads

(Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau Webcam Screenshot)

PHOENIX — Over 2,000 people in the Phoenix area endured a cold, dark start to Wednesday after a winter storm took out their power.

Chandler was hit the hardest, with 2,224 SRP customers in the area around 16th Street and Chandler Boulevard losing power.

Up north, schools were closed and drivers in the area were faced with tough road conditions and closures after overnight storms buried Flagstaff in 10 inches of snow.

By 11 a.m., three more inches had fallen, pushing the total over 1½ feet.

School officials called off classes because of the difficult road conditions, uttering the phrase that children in Phoenix wish they could hear — snow day, schools closed.

Transportation authorities closed State Route 179 north of Sedona because of heavy snow for several hours. Other roads were open but covered in snow and ice.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said State Route 89A near Flagstaff was open but conditions were unfavorable, and State Route 87 near Clints Well was open but drivers should proceed with caution.

The National Weather Service said Phoenix would get more El Nino-powered rain Thursday.

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