Snow cancels schools

Winter storm expected to bring a fresh 18 inches

<br>Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN<br>
A lone pedestrian crosses Route 66 in downtown Williams Feb. 9.

<br>Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN<br> A lone pedestrian crosses Route 66 in downtown Williams Feb. 9.

Weather forecasters are calling for 18 inches of snow today and tonight. A winter storm warning has been issued for the area until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. Southwest winds have contributed to the storm, creating hazardous driving conditions throughout northern Arizona. Due to the hazardous weather, schools in Williams will not be open tomorrow, school officials said.

According to district officials, Williams High School and Williams Elementary-Middle School will be closed due to hazardous weather conditions. Heritage Elementary School is expected to close tomorrow as well.

A number of northern Arizona college campuses are also expected to close at 3 p.m. today, such as Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College.

High temperatures could reach as high as 36 degrees throughout the daytime hours today, with lows dropping between 19 to 25 degrees overnight. Winds up to 20 to 30 mph are expected throughout the day, with gusts up to 45 mph at times. The wind is expected to ease up during the evening hours to 15 to 20 mph. A 50 percent chance of snow is expected tomorrow, with little new snow accumulation expected in the afternoon to evening hours. High will range between 28 to 34 degrees. Overnight lows are expected to be between 10 to 18 degrees tomorrow through Wednesday.

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