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Updated Feb 28, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Soak it in: Storm expected to bring rain, snow to Arizona

PHOENIX — Widespread rain and some mountain snow is in the forecast across
Arizona through Sunday,as a storm that has already hit California moves eastward, the National
Weather Service said.

Forecasters say rain through Sunday morning could total nearly 1 inch in
Phoenix, 2-3 inches in Flagstaff and Payson, and nearly 1 inch in Tucson.

The rain could put a damper on outdoor events scheduled around the city this
weekend, including spring training baseball games, the Phoenix Marathon, a
downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade and a beer festival in Tempe.

As of Friday, Metropolitan Phoenix has gone 69 days without any significant rain. However,
meteorologist Ken Waters said that streak isn’t anything out of the ordinary for
this time of the year in the desert.

“It’s a bit of a long streak yes but we’ve actually had some that were
longer,” Waters said.

Still, the dry winter months have left Phoenix’s main reservoir system at low
levels. The reservoirs are typically filled before spring with runoff from
snowmelt. Lake Roosevelt, the biggest in the system, is only 48 percent full,
Waters said.

Forecasters say snow levels at elevations above 6,000 feet will range from 2 to
6 inches with higher amounts possible in some areas. Flagstaff, at an elevation
of 7,000 feet, could get between 2 and 5 inches of snow on Saturday, Waters

The weather service said the risk of flooding is low.


Associated Press writer Paul Davenport contributed to this report.


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