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    Snowstorm Targets Four Corners Region

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    March 01, 2011, 4:50:55 AM EST

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    After hammering California with low-elevation snow, flooding rain and even locally severe storms, a storm system is moving on to drop disruptive snow across the Four Corners region through tonight.

    Very cold air is entrenched in the storm digging across the Southwest, so snow will make rare appearances across relatively low elevations of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

    The mountains will get clobbered by heavy snow.

    Meteorologist Heather Buchman warned on Friday that snow could cause disruptions along the Grapevine, I-5, in Southern California. Accumulating snow forced officers to escort vehicles along the Grapevine to slow traffic Friday night.


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    Some of the higher elevations around the San Francisco Bay area also got snow on Friday night for the first time in 35 years.

    There were even reports of snowflakes flying around Las Vegas early Sunday morning, first hinted last week by Buchman.

    Not far to the north and east of Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., accumulating snow will fall in elevations of around 2,500 feet through today. While snow is not expected to fall in these cities, damp weather and plummeting temperatures will make it feel wintry.

    Meanwhile, the heaviest snow, 6-12 inches, will thump over mountains of Arizona and southern Utah through this morning before winding down this afternoon.


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    Flagstaff, Ariz., is included in cities and towns that will be digging out from the hefty snow later today.

    Three to 6 inches of snow will also fall over the mountains of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico through the end of the weekend.

    Higher elevations just north and east of Santa Fe, N.M., will get a few inches of fresh snow.

    A mix of rain and snow with little to no accumulation is even expected in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday.

    Travel will be impacted by the snow along portions of I-15, I-25 and I-40 through the rest of the weekend. Gusty winds will occasionally add to the messy travel by blowing snow around and further reducing the visibility.

    By tonight, major cities along the I-25 corridor will get some snow showers, but little to no accumulation is expected. Denver will get a light dusting at best.

    AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger contributed to the content of this story

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