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Rain, hail hit the Valley as snow takes hold of the High County on Monday

Rain, wind and hail is hitting the Valley Monday afternoon with chances for snow in the north Valley.

ARIZONA, USA — In an effort to track Arizona's weather changes in the coming days, 12 News has started this live blog.

We will continuously update this article as conditions change.

Are you seeing any rain or snow near you? Send us your pictures or videos at kpnx-connect@12news.com!

Arizona will be seeing a barrage of rain and snow in the upcoming days as winter storms hit the High Country and Valley.

FORECAST: 12News.com/Weather

RADAR: 12News.com/Radar

The weather in the Valley calmed down in the late afternoon on Monday. In Phoenix, there will be a chance for another shower Monday night and Tuesday morning, but will be dry and cold on Tuesday afternoon.

Winter storm warnings remain in effect around northern Arizona.

Monday weather live blog

3:15 p.m.

3:10 p.m.

State Farm Stadium vaccination site back in operation.

3:00 p.m.

More than 25,000 APS and SRP customers are without power in the Valley. 

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2:40 p.m.

Significant weather advisory continues for Maricopa, Pinal, Gila counties until 3:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

The COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium has paused due to inclement weather in the Valley.

2:27 p.m.

2:25 p.m.

Is it snowing in North Scottsdale? Credit: Michelle Larson

2:20 p.m.

Heavy snow in Prescott Valley on Monday afternoon.

2:19 p.m.

Temperature in Phoenix hits 36 degrees.

2:10 p.m.

Temperature drops to 39 degrees at Phoenix Sky Harbor as hail falls around Valley. National Weather Service getting reports of snow in Wickenburg.

2:05 p.m.

Hail hitting the West Valley

Hail in Peoria. Credit: Alan Thieroff

Hail falling in Buckeye. Credit: Diane Weed

2:00 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Phoenix, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

1:55 p.m.

A significant weather advisory is in effect for Maricopa and Pinal counties until 2:45 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

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12:45 p.m.

12 p.m. 

11:45 a.m. 

11:15 a.m.

National Weather Service Flagstaff says more than five inches of snow has fallen at the Flagstaff Airport since this morning.  

11 a.m. 

Multiple highways are closed due to winter weather. 

The following highways are closed due to extreme winter conditions.

  • State Route 260 is closed between Star Valley and Heber. 

  • State Route 87 is closed north of Rye to just north of Payson.

  • State Route 89A is closed between Sedona and Interstate 17.

10:30 a.m. 

Vaccination appointments at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff were canceled after 1 p.m. due to snow. 

The storms were expected to hit the Valley hardest around 1 p.m. 

10:15 a.m. 

State Route 89A remains closed in both directions between Sedona and Flagstaff.

Storms are moving through Yuma. 

10 a.m. 

9 a.m. 

The road to Mt. Lemmon is closed due to weather conditions.

8:45 a.m. 

Arizona Department of Transportation says there are reports of heavy rain on Interstate 17.

National Weather Service Flagstaff says widespread shower activity is spreading to the northeast.

8:30 a.m. 

8 a.m. 

7:30 a.m.

National Weather Service Phoenix says it has not measured any rain at Sky Harbor since midnight.

Turf Paradise cancels racing on Monday due to the weather.

7:20 a.m. 

Light showers are making their way into the West Valley. 

7 a.m. 

6:30 a.m.

Phoenix says its COVID-19 testing van was canceled for Monday due to weather. Extra appointments will be added throughout the rest of the week to make up for the cancellation.

6:20 a.m.

6 a.m.

Due to a continuation of snow in Flagstaff, trash and recycling operations will be put on hold Monday.

National Weather Service Flagstaff says a major winter storm will move through the area through Tuesday. 

It will involve winter storm warnings for large portions of the area above 4,000 feet, a winter storm advisory for parts of northeast Arizona above 5,000 feet and heavy snow accumulations to a large portion of northern and central Arizona.

As much as 20 inches of snow could fall in areas above 4,000 feet Monday and Tuesday and amounts of 10 inches or less could fall in elevations as low as 2,500 feet.

The weather will bring difficult to impossible travel conditions, spotty power outages and bitter cold Wednesday and Thursday morning.

National Weather Service Phoenix says isolated showers will make the morning commute wet and slick.

5:45 a.m. 

Team 12's Adriana Loya says snow was coming down hard.

5:20 a.m. 

Arizona Snowbowl says it received eight inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.

5 a.m. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation says State Route 89A will be closed in both directions between Sedona and Flagstaff due to winter weather. 

The highway will be closed until further notice. The closure was causing some traffic to build up on Interstate 17 in the same area.

Driving up north is highly discouraged due to the weather conditions.

5 a.m. 

Team 12's Adriana Loya is up in Flagstaff all day for her live reports on 12 News.

4 a.m. 

In case you missed it, the Flagstaff Unified School District said it would close all classes both in person and online on Monday. All Blue Ridge Unified schools would also be closed Monday.

4 a.m. Jan. 25

The Arizona Department of Transportation puts out this warning for drivers.

MONDAY MORNING FORECAST: 

The finale of our stormy show is going to be going out with a bang early this week.

This fortified winter storm system will be the coldest of the season and even more waterlogged than the last. It’s going to reinvigorate and intensify showers statewide Monday and Tuesday.

Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and wind advisories are in effect across the state.

On Monday, blowing snow and whiteout conditions are expected with wind gusts up to 40 mph possible.

Snow levels will lower from 3,000 feet on Monday to as low as 2,000 feet on Tuesday. 

Light snow may even be possible on the higher edges of the Phoenix Valley, such as Carefree, Cave Creek and north Scottsdale.

Forecasted snow totals could measure 3-6 inches around 3,500 feet, 1-2 feet above 5,000 feet and up to 3 feet along the eastern Mogollon Rim. 

This winter storm could bring as much as three-quarters of an inch of rainfall for the Phoenix area. 

We’ll have to keep an eye on Monday’s record rainfall in Phoenix of 0.71 of an inch set in 1918. 

Thunderstorms could be possible, which would yield higher rainfall amounts, lightning, strong wind gusts and possibly small hail or graupel.

The coldest temperatures will be felt midweek with some freezing morning lows possible in the deserts and highs in the low-to-mid 50s for the usually warmest locations. 

In the mountains, the colder airmass and fresh snow will promote temperatures really tumbling on Wednesday and Thursday mornings with single-digit and even below zero readings possible in some spots.

Some showers will be possible again statewide, even for the Valley, on Friday.

7:15 p.m. 

Meteorologist Jamie Kagol does a Facebook live to update us on the current weather conditions. 

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6:20 p.m.

ADOT is advising people to stay off of I-17 between Oak Creek and Flagstaff due to poor driving conditions and heavy traffic.

They advise waiting out the storm before considering travel. 

6:05 p.m. 

All Blue Ridge schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 25 due to the weather. In-person instruction and online instruction will be closed.

5:40 p.m.

Team 12's Adriana Loya gives us a look at some excited Arizonans in the Flagstaff snow. 

3:45 p.m. 

12 News viewer photos of snow and rain throughout the state. 

3:30 p.m. 

Snow will pile up more over the next couple of days for people in Flagstaff, according to meteorologist Jamie Kagol.

11:30 a.m. Jan. 24

Snow and rain hit areas all across Arizona throughout Saturday evening and into Sunday morning.

Several neighborhoods in the Valley have already seen large amounts of much-welcomed rainfall after a year of the state experiencing an extreme drought. Most of the rain has moved on as the afternoon has low chances of precipitation.

Lightening and small hail continue to be possible in the Valley through this coming Monday and Tuesday, when a second winter storm is predicted to hit.

The Arizona Department of Transportation have been plowing streets in the High Country this morning, which has already received at least eight inches of snow in the past 24 hours. Many are using this to their advantage in Flagstaff as the slopes at Snowbowl are completely sold out. 

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued through 5 a.m. Monday for areas at elevations above 4,500 feet, where snow is predicted to increase by an additional two to eight inches.

A Winter Storm Advisory has also been issued from 5 a.m. Monday through 11 a.m. Tuesday for areas at elevations above 4,000 feet, with meteorologists predicting an additional one to two feet of snow.

8:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service is warning drivers of heavy rainfall. 

8:00 p.m. 

12 News Weather Watchers share pictures from the storm in their areas.

7:30 p.m.

Team 12 Meteorologist Jamie Kagol goes live to give us a look at the storm system moving through the state. 

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6:30 p.m. Jan. 23

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has tweeted that snow showers have started and will go through Sunday morning. 

Team 12 Meteorologist Jamie Kagol says that a bulk of the storms falling into the High Country will hit on Monday. 

The Valley may see amounts of rain that rival previously set daily rainfall records, according to 12 News Meteorologist Krystal Henderson.

The previous rainfall records set in Phoenix on Jan. 23, 24, and 25 were .25 inches, .51 inches, and .71 inches respectively. 

This upcoming winter storm could bring the overall grand total of rainfall for Phoenix up over an inch. Possible thunderstorms would yield higher rainfall amounts and lightning, strong wind gusts and possibly small hail.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for elevations above 6,000 feet in the High Country through Sunday due to the upcoming snowfall.

Snow totals for this storm could reach up to 5-10 inches at around 6,000 feet with 8-14 inches possible above 6,500 feet.

Slightly lower elevation locations such as Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Seligman could receive up to a few inches of snowfall. Blowing snow will also be possible.

Snow levels are projected to keep lowering from around 5,000 feet over the weekend to 3,000 feet on Monday and then crash to as low as 2,000 feet on Tuesday. 

Light snow may even be possible on the higher edges of the Phoenix Valley, such as Carefree, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale.

The coldest temperatures hitting Arizona will be felt midweek with some freezing morning lows possible and highs in the low-to-mid 50s in the state's deserts.

The colder air mass and fresh snow in the mountains will promote temperatures really tumbling on Wednesday and Thursday mornings with below zero wind chill readings possible in some spots.