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Winter storm warning through Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Yavapai County mountains and other high-elevation areas of northern Arizona that lasts through Wednesday morning.

Areas higher than 5,500 feet could get more than a foot of snow, the Weather Service warned. The warning started at 5 p.m. Monday and continues through 5 a.m. Wednesday for areas higher than 5,500 feet in elevation in central and western Arizona. That includes higher portions of Prescott.

A winter storm warning means the Weather Service expects severe winter weather conditions because of significant amounts of snow and strong winds that will produce limited visibility.

The strong winter storm could dump 8 to 14 inches of snow between 5,500 and 7,500 feet, or as much as 2 feet of snow above 7,500 feet.

The Weather Service expects the period of heaviest snow to end by tonight, Dec. 13.

"Driving will be extremely dangerous during this storm," the Weather Service warning states. The agency is advising people to avoid it.

Prescott's forecast is calling for 100 percent chance of rain and/or snow today and tonight, followed by a 20-percent chance Wednesday.

Another storm could arrive Friday.

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