- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A strong winter storm system has begun socking Arizona with rain and snow and authorities are advising travelers to be prepared for poor and potential hazardous driving conditions.

Forecasts call for heavy snow in the high county, including 8 to 12 inches in Flagstaff and Williams, 4 to 6 inches in Show Low and 3 to 4 inches in Prescott and Payson.

The storm is moving west to east, and a winter storm warning was issued for much of northern Arizona for elevations above 6,000 feet until late Saturday or early Sunday morning, depending on locations.

Travelers are being advised to avoid travel if they can but to take water, food, warm clothes and other supplies if they must hit the road.

Rain is expected in desert cities.

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