Originally Published: December 11, 2007 1:48 a.m.
The Prescott region should continue to get rain and snow today before a major storm system exits the region late tonight.
Arizona precipitation has been unusually prolific in recent weeks, with the latest storm system arriving Friday, following a system that hit the previous weekend.
Prescott saw its first snowfall of the season Saturday, and by Monday afternoon the National Weather Service said the city has a chance for even more snow tonight.
Prescott sits at the convergence of a snow advisory and flash flood watch, because of its elevation.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for areas below 5,000 feet Monday through noon today. It said Prescott could get 1-2 inches of new precipitation.
The Weather Service also issued a snow advisory for noon through 5 p.m. today for areas above 5,000 feet.
The snow level could drop as low as 4,000-4,500 feet in the Prescott area today, said Daryl Onton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, late on Monday afternoon.
The city could see 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground, Onton said.
The major storm system is bringing plentiful snow to ski areas in Arizona, as well as the Sierras of California and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
The Arizona Snowbowl ski area north of Flagstaff plans to open Thursday and the Sunrise Park Resort is ready to open this Friday. Snowbowl reported a 47-inch base by Monday afternoon and Sunrise reported 28-36 inches of new snow.
With two major storms within the past few weeks, the region is getting saturated and faces potential flooding, the Weather Service said.
The only major Yavapai County flooding reported to the Weather Service from this system occurred late Friday night in Page Springs in the Verde Valley.
Emergency officials had to evacuate a Page Springs mobile home park and rescue a woman from her RV in the floodwaters, Onton said.