- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The first of three storms expected to parade across Arizona by early next week is dropping snow that resulted in a few school closures in the high country Friday.

Winter storm warnings are in effect for high elevations in northern, eastern and southern Arizona as authorities suggest limiting travel in the high country and urge travelers to be prepared for hazardous conditions such as blowing and drifting snow.

The National Weather Service says snow showers are expected to increase Friday with widespread to heavy snowfall spreading west to east Friday night and overnight.

Flagstaff by mid-morning Friday had 8 inches of snow. Rain showers are common in lower elevations.

Public schools are closed in Flagstaff and in eastern Arizona’s Blue Ridge Unified School District in Navajo County.

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