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Bike racks around Northern Arizona University’s campus accumulate snow Thursday morning.

Saturday 7 p.m. Update: SR 89A reopened south of Flagstaff.

Saturday 10 a.m. Update: The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened the I-40 in both directions between Holbrook and New Mexico Saturday morning.

ADOT advises drivers to reduce their speed and use extra caution on I-40 and other roads in northern Arizona due to patches of ice and snow.

Live updates are available at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.

The National Weather Service reported another 0.5 inches of snow fell between 5 p.m. and midnight Friday, raising the storm total to 40.8 between Wednesday night and Friday.

State Route 89A is still closed at Cave Springs Campground to Flagstaff (mileposts 387-398).

12 a.m. Update: The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the I-40 is closed in both directions. Eastbound from Flagstaff to Holbrook and westbound from the Arizona state line to Holbrook.

10 p.m. Update: All lanes of the I-17 northbound and I-40 westbound are open. The SR 89A will remain closed overnight between Cave Springs Campground and I-17.

8 p.m. Update: With the snow cleared out of town, the National Weather Service reported the final total of 40.3 inches of snowfall at the Flagstaff Airport.

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After canceling Friday's service, Mountain Line will run on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Coconino Community College will be open on Saturday as well.

With snow still falling Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Flagstaff reported 40.1 inches of snow having accumulated since Wednesday night.

Thursday broke the single-day record of 31.0 inches, setting the new high at 35.9 inches. The storm also moved up to eighth in history for a multi-day event as of the 11 a.m. update. Friday afternoon's forecast called for another three to five inches of precipitation before the snow was set to taper off in the late afternoon into Saturday.

No full closures of I-40 or I-17 remained, but I-40 eastbound at milepost 174 saw a crash blocking the right lane as of 12:15 p.m. I-17 northbound, which was closed for much of Thursday, reopened from SR 179 (the Sedona exit) as of 12:16 p.m. However, snow and ice were still said to be present.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the following highways are still closed:

  • SR 89A is closed in both directions between Sedona and Flagstaff.
  • SR 87 is closed in both directions from Payson to Winslow. SR 87 is closed in both directions between Bush Highway and Payson.
  • SR 260 is closed in both directions between Star Valley and Heber. SR 260 is closed in both directions from just east of I-17 to SR 87.
  • US 60 is closed in both directions between SR 73 and just northeast of Globe.
  • SR 77 is closed in both directions between Globe and Winkelman.
  • US 191 is closed in both directions between Alpine and Morenci.

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.

Due to the storm, Flagstaff Unified School District, local charter schools, Page Unified School District, Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University all remained closed Friday. The city of Flagstaff and Coconino County closed all non-essential offices. Mountain Line service was canceled for the day and flights to and from Flagstaff Pulliam Airport remained grounded.

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