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11:55 AM Sat, Jan. 19th

Rain, snow blanket area; police report minor wrecks

PRESCOTT - The Prescott area should continue to receive light snowfalls from a Pacific storm system through Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported Saturday afternoon, with the weather possibly affecting road travel.

Overnight Saturday, Prescott was expected to receive a little less than an inch of snow, with the low dipping to 29 degrees.

Through 5 p.m. Saturday, Prescott Police Sgt. Jeff Hemphill said at least three or four minor wrecks occurred between the Costco off Walker Road and Prescott Lakes Parkway because of low visibility and inattentive drivers. The accidents caused some delays, he added.

The Department of Public Safety reported at least three vehicles sliding off Highway

169 at Milepost 5 on Saturday afternoon, although none of the accidents were considered serious.

Today, the National Weather Service has forecast a 20 percent chance of snow showers under partly sunny skies with a high of 45 degrees and an overnight low around 30, with 3- to 7-mph winds likely.

A strong storm system will continue moving slowly across Arizona Sunday.

The main band of precipitation will move east of a line from Payson to the Four Corners region.

Another storm system will hit northern Arizona through Wednesday, with much colder temperatures and snow levels down to 4,000 feet, the National Weather Service predicts.

Starting Sunday night, another wave of steady precipitation will move across the state with periods of rain and snow expected to last through Tuesday evening.

On Monday, the likelihood for snow increases, with a 40 percent chance during the day and a 50 percent chance that night.

The high will be 44, while the low dips to 27. Tuesday has a similar outlook, with a high of 42 and a low of 26.

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the Prescott area received about 2.5 inches of rain.

This latest storm kicked into high gear Friday, dropping 1 to 2 inches of rain with locally higher amounts of 3 inches or more.

The National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood watch Friday, canceled it late in the evening.

Through 11 a.m. Saturday, the Prescott Airport had received .66 inches of precipitation.