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12:50 PM Wed, Nov. 21st

Snow coming late tonight and Wednesday

Prescott is likely to get its biggest snow of the season Wednesday when a strong storm system arrives from Alaska.

The National Weather Service is forecasting 100-percent chance of heavy snow Wednesday for Prescott and other mountainous areas in northern Arizona, meteorologist Megan Schwitzer said.

Prescott could get 3-6 inches of snow Wednesday.

"The cold core center is coming right over Yavapai and southern Coconino County," she said. "It's basically right over Prescott."

The Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of Yavapai County from midnight Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Snow could drop as low as 3,000 feet in elevation.

The advisory forecasts 1-3 inches of snow at elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet; 3-6 inches at 5,000-6,000 feet; and 6-12 inches in areas higher than 6,000 feet.

The Prescott forecast is calling for 100 percent chance of rain and snow Tuesday night; 100 percent chance of heavy snow Wednesday; 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday night and Thursday; and 20 percent chance of snow Thursday night.

The high temperature could drop by 23 degrees in a day, from 54 today to 31 tomorrow.

Winds could gust to 30 mph today and 26 mph Wednesday.

For updates, go online to weather.gov/flagstaff.

Prescott's official Sundog measuring site on the northeast side of the city recorded 3.2 inches of snow in December and 1 inch in January.

The last time Prescott received more snow was St. Patrick's Day Weekend, when 10-21 inches fell at locations throughout the city.