Arizona storm updates: Schools, NAU closed again; winter storm warning in effect

The major winter storm that moved through Arizona on Thursday was expected to continue dropping snow and rain on the state Friday.

The forecast called for snow to continue into early Friday afternoon in parts of Arizona’s higher elevations, including parts of eastern Arizona, while rain was expected to continue on and off into Friday afternoon in the Phoenix area.

On Thursday, Flagstaff shattered a record that had stood since 1915 for the most snowfall in one day, recording more than 31 inches. Numerous other communities in Arizona’s high country recorded heavy amounts of snow exceeding 20 inches.

The Phoenix area was drenched with rain throughout most of Thursday.

Here are continuing updates about weather-related issues occurring in the Valley and around the state:

6:32 a.m.: Flagstaff Unified school campuses closed

All Flagstaff Unified School District schools and administrative offices will be closed Friday due to the winter weather and Coconino County state of emergency, according to the district’s website.

The AZ & NM FIRST Tech Challenge Championship originally scheduled for this weekend also was postponed to March 22 and 23, the website said.

6:25 a.m.: Classes canceled at NAU

Classes at Northern Arizona University’s campuses in Flagstaff as well as Navajo, Yavapai and Mohave counties are canceled Friday due to impacts from significant snowfall and cold temperatures, the university announced online.

While classes are canceled, employees who are called in or are employed in designated essential services should report to work, the university alert said.

At NAU Flagstaff:

Campus Health Services and Dining Services will operate on a regular schedule.Health and Learning Center will operate on a modified scheduleCampus Recreation Center will operate on its inclement weather plan.Cline Library will be open during regular hours.Admissions and the Student Contact Center will operate on a regular schedule.

Students at other campuses can reach out to the contact centers at 888-628-2968 with questions.

6 a.m.: Winter storm warning in place

The National Weather Service Thursday evening is in place until 5 p.m. Friday for almost all of northern and eastern Arizona, as snow is expected in higher elevations again today.

The storm that hammered Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson and areas along the Mogollon Rim with record-setting snowfall amounts was expected to bring heavy snows again Friday, with areas further east, including Globe and the White Mountains, expected to be hit hard.

Continuing rain was expected in the Phoenix area Friday, especially in the morning and early afternoon.

On Thursday, the average rainfall totals were just over half an inch throughout the metro Phoenix area, with some areas recording more.

Major highways, including stretches of Interstate 17 north of SR 69, US 60 east of Superior and SR 87 between Bush Highway and Payson remained closed.overnight.

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