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Travel troubles anticipated during coming Arizona storm

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Posted at 7:24 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 09:24:36-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Winter storm warnings blanket northern Arizona as forecasters say a coming storm is expected to drop heavy snow in coming days and create "difficult to impossible travel conditions."

The National Weather Service and state transportation officials urge drivers to delay travel during the storm, which will begin hitting the region late Wednesday night and continue through Friday afternoon.

Expected snowfall amounts include up to 2 feet in Flagstaff, Prescott and Show Low and up to 2.5 feet (0.8 meter in Payson.

The storm is also expected to produce significant rainfall in central Arizona deserts.

Forecasters say low temperatures during the storm will include a high near 50 degrees in Phoenix on Friday compared with a normal high of 72 degrees.