A winter storm warning remains in effect through 5 pm as a spring snowstorm that has already dropped nearly a foot of snow in areas of Flagstaff continues to move across the region.
As of 10:30 am, the National Weather Service in Bellemont said it had so far received reports of 12 inches of snow in Grand Canyon Village, 10 to 11 inches in Flagstaff, 10 inches in Parks, 7 inches in Williams, 4.5 inches in Kachina Village and 4 inches in Doney Park. Sedona received an inch of snow all in one hour.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said that the I-17 North is closed between State Route 179 and Flagstaff because of the snow. ADOT is encouraging people to avoid driving unless necessary.
NWS meteorologist Ken Daniel said that Flagstaff was nearing the back edge of the main part of the storm system and said the region should expect another few inches of snow over the coming hours. He added that scattered precipitation would continue throughout the day.
A total of five to nine inches of snow were forecast to fall throughout the day on Saturday with winds as high as 15 MPH. Some thunder is possible as well. The NWS is also forecasting a slight chance for more snow next week.