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Gusty southwest-to-west winds are expected over the weekend, bringing snow in areas in the Kaibab Plateau and Chuska mountains.

In addition to a wind advisory, the National Weather Service is warning people to be wary of travel conditions on Saturday night and early Sunday morning because of potential wind and snow in Flagstaff, Williams, Holbrook and Show Low.

The warnings come as the Kaibab National Forest announced it has officially delayed forest thinning efforts on the Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project. Northern Arizona’s wet winter has prompted the partnership overseeing the restoration project to delay helicopter operations since the winter began. Officials will assessed conditions weekly to determine when it will be safe for helicopters to begin carting timber and slash.

The temporary area closure on Bill Williams Mountain will remain in effect. The cutting of trees on the first 300-acre unit has been completed, and more than 85 acres have been cleared using the helicopter to extract the woody material.

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Flagstaff is expected to receive most of its snow on the San Francisco Peaks above 7,000 feet. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is expected to get 3 to 5 inches over the weekend.

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