WINTER HITS VERDE VALLEY (WITH VIDEO)
VERDE VALLEY - Persistent rain and snowfall were predicted with the forecast of a strong El Nino winter.
This week is a clear example of that condition.
The National Weather Service in Northern Arizona is already wondering if the storm totals will show the storm among historically-significant snowfalls.
The storm system has continued for five days and expected to last for seven days before clearing.
There will be a short break Friday night before continuing Saturday and declining Sunday. Jerome and Sedona can expect between two and four inches of snow.
As the week ends, temperatures will also dip below freezing in the Verde Valley and bring a chance of snowfall.
Even though the soils in the Verde Valley are becoming saturated, so far the region has avoided flooding. Gila County is already under a small stream flood advisory.
Fire stations typically offer sand and bags to protect property. Camp Verde has also opened a location in Verde Lake Estates.