PHOENIX — Rain records are falling like, well, rain, around Arizona on Friday, the start of a what is expected to be a very wet weekend.
More than an inch of rain has dropped on Sky Harbor Airport, the most in a single day since 1973. The previous mark was a half-inch.
The airport rain gauge hadn’t measured any rain since Sept. 9. Rain began falling Thursday night.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a flood watch, which will be in effect until 11 p.m. Heavy rain has already forced closure of southbound Loop 303 from Peoria Avenue to Camelback Road. Motorists had already been trapped in flooded areas before 7 a.m.
Snow and whiteout conditions were reported on State Route 87 north of Flagstaff. Locations around Flagstaff reported 1 to 4 inches of snow by 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, Yuma broke a 129-year-old single-day mark with more than a third of an inch.
Forecasters said the storm system from the West could last 18 hours.
In Tucson, firefighters were trying to recover a person who was swept away by
high water in the Santa Cruz River. Tucson Fire Department officials said they
believed the person was dead but the body has yet to be recovered.
In Prescott, city officials said road crews will be ready to plow snow and treat ice if necessary.
Elsewhere in northern Arizona, State Route 67 to the north rim of the Grand
Canyon was temporarily closed due to drifting snow and poor visibility.
On Lake Mohave in northwestern Arizona, workers were removing mud, boulders and
other debris that closed the access road to Willow Beach in the Lake Mead
National Recreation Area.
The state Department of Public Safety advised motorists driving on wet highways
to refrain from abrupt steering changes and braking to avoid loss of control.
Motorists also were urged to allow extra space between vehicles.
The weather service said rain will gradually diminish Saturday through Sunday,
though flowing washes and continued ponding in low-lying areas were possible
into Saturday night.
KTAR’s Jim Cross and The Associated Press contributed to this article
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- A preseason guide to avoid holiday weight gain
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America