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Winter weather advisory issued for Prescott area

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Yavapai County mountains between 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Yavapai County Courthouse lighting ceremony is likely to occur while snow is falling, and it will be windy with below-average temperatures. So holiday revelers should wear their heaviest winter clothing.

The Weather Service is forecasting 3-5 inches of snow could fall in Prescott and Prescott Valley during the advisory period, with 2-4 inches in Seligman and 3-5 inches in Sedona. Chances for snow are 60 percent today, 90 percent tonight and 20 percent Sunday, the Weather Service estimated Friday.

The Coconino Plateau, western Mogollon Rim and Oak Creek and Sycamore canyons also are part of the advisory. Flagstaff could get 4-8 inches of snow.

In general, areas below 5,000 feet could get 1-3 inches of snow, areas between 5,000 and 6,000 feet could get 3-6 inches, and areas above 6,000 feet could see 4-8 inches, with higher amounts on the higher peaks. Snow levels could fall below 4,000 feet.

The snow should start falling by late this afternoon, with snow intensity increasing Saturday night into Sunday morning.

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of falling snow will cause travel difficulties. Snow-packed roads, low visibilities, blowing snow and below-zero wind chills could accompany the storm, the Weather Service advised.

Call ADOT at 888-411-7623 or go online to az511.com for road condition information.

Go online to weather.gov/flagstaff for updates on the weather forecast.

Temperature forecasts for Prescott are 34 degrees for the high and 22 degrees for the low today, followed by 33H/11L Sunday, 35H/11L Monday, and 42H/19L Tuesday.

Winds will make it feel even colder throughout the weekend. The winds are forecast to be between 5-10 mph today and increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Tonight they should be about the same.

Sunday's forecast calls for 9-14 mph winds with gusts to 21 mph, with similar conditions Sunday night.

Follow Joanna Dodder on Twitter @joannadodder.

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