Snow from Arizona storm 'just getting started' shuts schools

Posted at 7:14 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 09:14:36-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Schools are closed in cities across northern Arizona's high country due to heavy snowfall from a storm that the National Weather Service warned Thursday "is just getting started."

The weather service reported 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow in Flagstaff by 6 a.m. and forecasts called for about 2 feet (0.6 meter) of snow in Flagstaff, Prescott, Show Low, Kingman and Payson through Saturday night.

The Arizona Department reported Interstate 40 and U.S. 93 closures at locations near Kingman due to snow and ice, and the department recommended avoiding travel in the region, saying "this is not your typical storm."

Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff remained open Thursday but public schools were closed in Flagstaff, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Payson and Show Low.