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Blizzard warning in effect for Southern Arizona

CREATED Feb. 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 19, 2013

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A winter storm warning has been replaced by a blizzard warning in some mountain locations, and snow is also possible in the Tucson Metro and in the foothills. 

According to the National Weather Service, hazardous driving conditions are expected with snow and blowing snow, especially at higher elevations. Whiteout conditions are expected.

The winter storm warning has been lowered to 3,000 feet. The blizzard warning is in effect from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Affected areas include Galiuro and Pinaleno Moutnains, Chiricahua Mountains, Dragoon, Mule, Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains, Catalina and Rincon Mountains.

Cities include Mount Graham, Chiricahua NM, Bisbee, Canelo Hills, Madera Canyon, Mount Lemmon, Summerhaven.

The Tucson Metro area might also see up to three inches of snow, and it's possible that the foothills will also receive snow.

Expect accumulating snow to begin around or shortly after sunrise Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Snow showers will decrease from west to east Wednesday evening and diminish late Wednesday night.

A red flag warning is also in effect from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Wednesday for strong and gusty winds.

Wednesday's highs will be about 20 degrees cooler. Temps will remain cold Thursday and Friday, with a few showers lingering. Widespread frost is possible Thursday morning.