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Updated Oct 10, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Heavy snow this early in Flagstaff is a rare occurrence

(ADOT photo near Ash Fork).

PHOENIX - Snowfall in Flagstaff is certainly not a rare occurrence.

David Vonderheide with the National Weather Service says the city is expecting 3-5 inches of snow by tomorrow morning, however, and that is rare for this time of year.

The last time such a significant amount of snow fell on Flagstaff this early in October dates back to 1898.

"What I found looking back at the records dating back to 1898 is that there are only six occurrences in the first 10 days of October where we've had snowfall exceeding a trace," Vonderheide said.

The heaviest snowfall in Flagstaff should hit between 5-9 a.m. Thursday.

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