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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

More snow in forecast for Rim Country today

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLAGSTAFF AZ
450 AM MST WED FEB 20 2013

YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS-NORTHERN GILA COUNTY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PRESCOTT...PAYSON
450 AM MST WED FEB 20 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS EVENING...
* SNOW ACCUMULATION...EXPECT STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10   INCHES ABOVE 6000 FEET AND 4 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 4000 FEET. LOWER ELEVATIONS FROM 3000 TO 4000 FEET WILL SEE LESS THAN AN INCH TO AS MUCH AS 3 INCHES...PRIMARILY DURING THE DAY. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 12 TO 15 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE NORTH OF PAYSON...JUST ALONG THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE MOGOLLON RIM.
* OTHER IMPACTS...SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...AS WELL AS SEVERELY REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING...DUE TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND STRONG WINDS PRODUCING LIMITED VISIBILITIES. DRIVING WILL BE
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DURING THIS STORM.
IF POSSIBLE...POSTPONE TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA UNTIL THIS STORM PASSES. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL TAKE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES THAT INCLUDE WINTER CLOTHING...FOOD...WATER AND A FLASHLIGHT.

TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS YOUR TRAVEL ROUTE...THE PLANNED ARRIVAL TIME AT YOUR DESTINATION...AND THE TYPE AND COLOR OF VEHICLE YOU ARE DRIVING IN CASE YOU GET STRANDED.

FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AND CLOSURES...CALL THE ADOT FREEWAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AT 1 888 411 7623 OR VISIT THEIR WEB SITE AT WWW.AZ511.COM.

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION IS ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ
349 AM MST WED FEB 20 2013

.A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA TODAY WITH SNOW LEVELS FALLING RAPIDLY AFFECTING HIGHER TERRAIN AREAS SUCH AS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK...TONTO NATIONAL FOREST...AND SOUTHERN GILA COUNTY. SNOWFALL MAY BE BRIEFLY HEAVY WITH STRONG WINDS LEADING TO BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

SOUTHERN GILA COUNTY/TONTO NATIONAL FOREST FOOTHILLS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GLOBE...MIAMI...TOP-OF-THE-WORLD
349 AM MST WED FEB 20 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS EVENING ABOVE 3500 FEET...
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 5 INCHES BETWEEN 3500 AND 5000 FEET. 5 TO 9 INCHES ABOVE 5000 FEET.
* SNOW LEVELS...FALLING AS LOW AS 2500 FEET...WITH ACCUMULATIONS MOSTLY LIMITED TO ABOVE 3500 FEET.
* TIMING...SNOW BEGINNING EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING BEFORE SUNRISE AT HIGHEST ELEVATIONS EXPANDING TO RELATIVELY LOWER ELEVATIONS DURING THE MORNING. MOST PERSISTENT AND HEAVIEST SNOWFALL BETWEEN SUNRISE AND EARLY AFTERNOON WEDNESDAY.
* AFFECTED AREA...ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET...INCLUDING LOCATIONS AROUND GLOBE/MIAMI AND THE SAN CARLOS RESERVATION...AND HIGHWAYS 60 AND 77 THROUGH SOUTHERN GILA COUNTY.
* MAIN IMPACT...ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS WITH ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* OTHER IMPACTS...STRONG AND GUSTY WEST WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS SUCH AS TOP OF THE WORLD...PINAL PASS...AND HIGHWAY 60 NORTH OF GLOBE. ONLY TRAVEL THOSE AREAS IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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