A snowstorm that dumped approximately 12 inches of snow in Williams Feb. 3-4 resulted in school closures throughout northern Arizona. The Williams Unified School District closed as well as the campuses of Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College as a result of the most recent storm to hit northern Arizona.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning asking travelers to stay off the roads if at all possible, due to the low visibility. Eight inches of snow fell at Grand Canyon and Bellemont, according to reports. Eight to 14 inches were reported in Flagstaff. Roughly 24 inches of snow have fallen since Jan. 1.
Weather forecasters called for accumulations of 6-12 inches above 5,000 feet and 12-24 inches above 7,000 feet. Heavier accumulations of 2-3 feet were possible above 9,000 feet. Winds of 15-25 miles per hour accompanied the recent storm, leading to blowing and drifting snow.
The weather is expected to provide a break this week, with sunny and partly cloudy conditions through the weekend. Today's high is expected to be somewhere between 35 to 41 degrees with a low tonight between 9 and 17 degrees.
Information on school closures in the Williams Unfified School District (WUSD) can be found online. Visit the WUSD's Web site at
www.wusd2.org and click on "Snow Day" for school closure information. The Web site is usually updated daily by 5 a.m.
For the latest road conditions and closures, call the Arizona Department of Transportation's Freeway Management System at 1-888-411-7623 or visit their interactive Web site at