Originally Published: November 30, 2011 9:51 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The first day of December is likely to usher in several inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
The Weather Service is estimating 2-4 inches of snow could fall in Prescott today and Friday; then another storm will move in and produce 1-2 inches of snow on Saturday during the city's annual Christmas parade and courthouse lighting ceremony.
The first storm should peak tonight, meteorologist Chris Outler of the Weather Service office in Flagstaff said Wednesday evening.
Computer models were disagreeing and making the exact forecast tricky, he added.
Rain should start turning to snow here by late morning, and the snow level could drop as low as 4,500 feet, so Prescott Valley is likely to get snow too, he said.
After balmy temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s the last several days, the high could reach only 48 degrees today, 40 degrees Friday and 41 degrees Saturday.
The Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for higher-elevation portions of northern Arizona. The storms are coming from the north out of British Columbia.
The Kaibab Plateau, White Mountains and eastern Mogollon Rim likely will get the most snow in Arizona, Outler said. Those areas could see 8-12 inches of snow or more.
In southwest Arizona, the Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for today.
City of Prescott officials issued a news release Wednesday saying they are ready for the storm with snow removal equipment.
"We now have increased capacity to perform clearing operations since we began outfitting other vehicles like dump trucks with snow clearing equipment," Streets Superintendent Bobbie King said.
City officials urged residents and businesses to observe the city code and clear snow and ice off sidewalks.
People should be prepared for winter storms by maintaining adequate food, water and medicine supplies, Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel said.
"Residents should also review their schedules and appointments and adjust, if possible, by staying home if we have challenging street conditions," Kabbel added.