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Blizzard warning issued for parts of Southern Arizona

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The winter storm moving into Southern Arizona has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a rare blizzard warning for parts of southeast Arizona, including populated areas like Bisbee.

All Mountains in Southern Arizona above 5000 feet are included in this warning. Those areas include, The Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains, The Chiricahua, Dragoon, Mule, Huachuca, Santa Rita, Catalina and Rincon Mountains.

Some of the communities included in this warning are: Mt. Lemmon, Summerhaven, Bisbee, Mt. Graham, and Madera Canyon.

Here is the warning:

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 11 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TUCSON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 11 PM MST WEDNESDAY.
THIS REPLACES THE WINTER STORM WARNING.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH SNOW
AND BLOWING SNOW. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED.

* TIMING...EXPECT ACCUMULATING SNOW TO BEGIN AROUND SUNRISE
WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR
FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY. SNOW SHOWERS WILL DECREASE FROM
WEST TO EAST BY LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTALS OF 7 TO 14 INCHES BETWEEN 5000
AND 7000 FEET...AND FROM 14 TO 19 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET.
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE AT HIGHEST MOUNTAIN
ELEVATIONS.

* WINDS...STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS ARE EXPECTED. SOUTHWEST TO WEST
WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO BETWEEN 50 AND 55 MPH ARE
POSSIBLE.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions. Travel will be extremely dangerous during a blizzard and should be avoided.

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