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Cold front brings high winds and freezing temperatures to Williams

Icicles form on brush beside Cataract Lake Feb. 4. Cold temperatures and high winds settled over the area following a brief cold front.  (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

Icicles form on brush beside Cataract Lake Feb. 4. Cold temperatures and high winds settled over the area following a brief cold front. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After a few weeks of warmer weather, Williams experienced several days of typical January weather of near zero temperatures and freezing winds that froze pipes and moved many back indoors.

A strong cold front moved through area Sunday afternoon, with residents waking to temperatures in the single digits Feb. 3.

High winds rolled through the area with Williams’ H.A. Clark Airport recording gusts up to 48 mph. Springerville and St. Johns recorded the highest gusts between 70 and 80 mph.

The storm quickly rolled through, however, and temperatures jumped nearly 15 degrees by Feb. 5, with highs in the 30s and 40s.

Dry, warmer weather continued through the weekend, with Williams’ temperatures in the 50s and 60s Saturday and Sunday.

Colder temperatures returned Monday, Feb. 10 and area residents above 6,000 feet observed a light dusting of snow. The National Weather Service forecast 1-3 inches of snow possible for the Williams area through Wednesday, with light wind and temperatures up to 40 degrees.

Temperatures were expected to increase with sunny skies and reach the mid 50s by Friday.

Temperatures in the Valley were expected to be between 52 and 62 degrees according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. A haze of dust was seen over the area as wind blew in from California.

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