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Strong snowstorms blanket Flagstaff, northern Arizona

A powerful storm dumped nearly 3 feet of snow across much of northern Arizona this week, with more expected to fall this weekend.

After a three-day break in snowfall on Friday, more storms are forming in the high country, dumping another 4 to 6 inches across the northern, central and eastern parts of the state into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. There is a possibility of rain. The heaviest accumulation is expected along the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains.

Heavy snow made travel across much of the high country extremely dangerous, even impossible in many places, and ultimately the Arizona Department of Transportation announced that long-distance Interstate 17, Eight highways were forced to close, including Highway 40 and State Route 89A.

People walk through the snow on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff during a winter storm on February 7, 2024.

By Friday morning, nearly all major roads had been cleared, except for the eastern portion of State Route 64, which connects to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.

Many schools in Flagstaff have been closed since Wednesday due to inclement weather. We plan to resume accepting students next week after the storm has fully cleared.

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