4 to 6 inches of snow forecast for greater Prescott area
Updated as of Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:21 PM
The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a Winter Storm Warning for areas that include the tri-city area.
The warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. Heavy snow is expected in areas near Alpine, Doney Park, Flagstaff, Forest Lakes, Fredonia, Heber-Overgaard, Jacob Lake, Payson, Pine-Strawberry, Pinetop-Lakeside, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Seligman, Show Low, Valle, Whiteriver and Williams.
Prescott is expected to receive 4 to 6 inches of snow and Prescott Valley is expected to receive 3 to 5 inches of snow before 11 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest precipitation in Yavapai County should be between 5 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, and the weather service warns that visibility could be significantly reduced at times.
The National Weather Service cautions that a winter storm warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If travel is necessary, an extra flashlight, food and water should be kept in vehicles in case of an emergency.
The wintry weather is expected to extend throughout the week, and Yavapai County could see snow accumulation totaling close to 10 inches, according to a news release from Yavapai County.
Below-normal temperatures are forecast to stay below freezing all week at elevations of 5,000 feet and higher, and another major storm is expected Thursday through Friday, Feb. 21-22, with snow levels falling to around 3,000 feet, the county release states.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Garrison stated in the news release everyone should “stock up on water and essentials now and stay off the road as much as possible. This will allow the snow plows to do their job and keep everyone safe.”
The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 511.