FLAGSTAFF (AP) - Flagstaff public schools and Northern Arizona University are closed Wednesday due to a winter storm that is dropping snow in Arizona's higher elevations and rain elsewhere.
A National Weather Service forecasts issued Wednesday morning predicts up to 6 inches of snow in Flagstaff and Prescott and up to 9 inches of snow in Payson on Wednesday.
The weather service says the winter storm warning for the Flagstaff region will be in effect from until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
For the Kingman area, forecasts called for snow until 11 a.m. and then a chance of rain for the rest of the day. Today's high is expected to be 44 degrees, with a low of 33 degrees tonight. Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 44 degrees and a low of 29 degrees.
Elsewhere, a winter storm warning also has been issued for late Wednesday for the Sierra Vista area of southeastern Arizona.
The Phoenix metropolitan area is expected to get up to a half-inch of rain Wednesday with temperatures in the mid-50s, about 15 degrees below average for this time of year.