Winter storms are heading southwest

The National Weather Service said Flagstaff and the North Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon could get up to 2 feet of snow in two rounds of storms.

ARIZONA, U.S. — Severe storms are expected to hit the U.S. Southwest over the holiday weekend, dumping heavy snow at the highest elevations and rain in the deserts, along with winds that could knock out power and down trees, weather forecasters said.

The National Weather Service said Flagstaff and the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona could get up to 24 inches of snow in two rounds of the storm. Significantly higher volumes were expected in parts of northern Nevada. It will also snow heavily in the mountainous areas west of Las Vegas and northern New Mexico.

The first storm is expected to hit Saturday night through Sunday, with a break before next Monday on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Entrance fees to the Grand Canyon and other national parks will be waived Monday, but park officials say visitors may not be able to see the canyon’s depths because of the storms. The trails will be snowy and icy.

Some ski resorts in the region, including one outside of Las Vegas, already required chains or snow tires.

The storm will be felt across much of the region, although only a hint of snow will be seen in some places. Strong winds are expected to accompany the storms, kicking up snow and reducing visibility.

Rain is expected at lower elevations.

Authorities are advising people not to travel but say they should be prepared with warm clothing, water, emergency kit and other supplies if they need to set out.

The Weather Service in Flagstaff, a popular destination for snow games, advised people to stay home over the weekend.

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“It’s getting chaotic in the High Country and we want everyone to enjoy their bank holiday weekend,” it tweeted on Saturday. “Consider changing your travel plans!”

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