By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a winter storm in Arizona (all times local):


State transportation officials say driving conditions will be dicey in some parts of Arizona as a Pacific winter storm crosses the state.

The Department of Transportation says motorists should drive with care and adjust their speeds to conditions because Friday’s storm will produce rain in most of the state along with wind and the possibility later on of light snow and ice in the high country.

The snow level is expected to drop to around 5,000 feet Friday night.

The department says nearly 200 snowplows and 400 certified snowplow drivers are ready to deal with snow and ice.

7:25 a.m.

Strong and gusty winds are buffeting parts of northern Arizona as a Pacific storm sweeps across the state, dropping light rain in many areas and expected to result in light accumulations of snow in parts of the high country.

The National Weather Service says the winds will be common through Friday and Friday evening with sustained blows from 20 to 35 mph and gusts from 40 to 50 mph before slowly diminishing west to east late Friday night.

Forecasters say the gusts will be strong enough to make driving difficult, particularly for high-profile vehicles.

A wind advisory is in effect Friday and until 6 a.m. Saturday.

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