Originally Published: January 1, 2015 6 a.m.
A slow-moving winter storm dumped up to seven inches of snow on the Prescott area by noon Wednesday and, the National Weather Service said, was expected to add up to nine inches more before moving out on Thursday night.
Depending on the location it was measured, between three and seven inches fell in and around Prescott, with 2 to 4 inches predicted overnight, and one inch more Thursday at 5400 feet elevation.
The winter storm warning that took effect early Wednesday was slated to stay in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday.
The forecast called for "significant snow accumulations" before the storm moved out. Totals expected were 15 to 20 inches above 8,000 feet elevation, 8 to 16 inches from 8,000 to 5,000 feet and two to six inches below that.
The National Weather Service reported snow down to 3,000 feet in the Verde Valley.
Other area accumulations as the first wave wrapped up around noon on Wednesday:
Cottonwood, 4 inches, with 2 to 4 more expected
Camp Verde, 2.5 inches, with 2 to 4 more expected
Seligman, 2 inches, with 5 to 9 more expected
Sedona, 2 inches, with 4 to 8 more expected
Forecasters warned of cold temperatures that would keep snow from melting through Friday and noted that icy conditions would linger on unplowed rural roadways.