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WINTER COMES EARLY TO ARIZONA

The official start is still a day away, but that's not stopping Mother Nature from getting a jump start on the season.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Flagstaff as heavy snow fell overnight and into the morning and at the Kohl's Ranch Resort just east of Payson, they were hoping for a white blanket of snow, but it didn't happen.

"We would love to see snow for our guests to build snowmen, unfortunately, I do not have an in with Mother Nature," said Jacqueline Delacruz.

But there is still time before Christmas to get that blanket of white.

Meanwhile, up the road, a bit higher on the Mogollon Rim, there is snow on the ground in Forest Lakes -- about six inches and drifts that are deeper.  But for Ollie Horton, that isn't enough.

"Well, I hope we get a lot of moisture.  I wouldn't mind seeing about three feet up here," he said.

Now why do they need snow so much?

"For them beautiful trees we got up here.  This is God's country," replied Horton.

At least there was enough for us to do this story.  As you know, we're always looking for a new angle.

Speaking of which, Horton is doing a little juggling with his schedule -- heading to the valley to spend Christmas with family, then right back up the mountain to Forest Lakes.

Well, that's just the way it is at holiday time -- there's a lot going on and sometimes you have to keep a lot of balls in the air.

Its amazing how fast you get out of the snow.  Drive just a little down the mountain and it's gone, but maybe there will be some more and just in time for a white Christmas.

A WET FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE


A storm system moving eastward dropped heavy snow in northern Arizona while Phoenix-area streets and highways were wet from rain during the Friday morning commute.

The National Weather Service said about 8 inches of snow had fallen by 8 a.m. at the airport in Flagstaff, where public schools were closed because of the weather.

A winter weather advisory was issued for northern, eastern and north-central Arizona above 6,000 feet, covering the White Mountains, the Mogollon Rim and mountains in Yavapai County.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported snow on Interstates 17 and 40 near Flagstaff and on State Route 87 north of Payson.

The weather service said rain in the Phoenix area is expected to taper off by mid-afternoon and that no widespread flooding was expected.

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