A strong winter storm system is on the way and will affect the area Friday through early sunday, with heavy mountain snow and very strong winds. 6-12 inches snow accumulation is expected above 6000 ft, with lesser amounts below. SNOW IMPACTS: - Low visibility - Icy and snow packed roads - White out conditions with blowing and drifting snow at higher elevations. Snow levels will gradually fall Friday evening, then drop sharply Saturday morning in the Gila region as a cold front moves through from west to east. Front will reach the Sacramento mountains near mid day Saturday, lowering snow levels abruptly and raising the threat of white our conditions in this area.