Rain showers cover metro Phoenix, snow piles up in Flagstaff
PHOENIX – As predicted, rain fell in metro Phoenix and snow fell in and around Flagstaff but it all was more than expected, weather experts said Friday.
A storm dropped from a quarter-inch of rain on some parts of the Valley and almost an inch in other parts Thursday night, the National Weather Service reported.
“It is a bit more than we were thinking a day ago,” Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said.
There was enough lightning to knock out power to some Arizona Public Service customers in Phoenix, the company said.
The show in Flagstaff was mostly snow — over a half-foot of snow blanketed the city, forcing school closures.
Troopers have been responding to several weather related incidents near Flagstaff this morning. Please drive with care. pic.twitter.com/1jZuT93RtI
— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) November 30, 2018
About one-third of an inch rain fell at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, bumping up the year’s total at the site to just about 9 inches, an inch above normal.
North Scottsdale took in a little less than an inch, Apache Junction 0.57 inches and Deer Valley 0.47 inches.
12:50a: Frontal band moving east of Phoenix and into higher terrain. Graphic shows 3 hr totals. Note swath of heavier rain NE of Phoenix with amounts over 0.5 inches. Upslope flow likely helping to enhance rain totals. #azwx pic.twitter.com/d45qFA2V9p
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) November 30, 2018
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) November 30, 2018
Not much rain was expected Friday or the rest of the weekend.
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