Snow Falls in North Phoenix Amid Record Rain

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Daisy Mountain was stuck in the clouds and covered with a thin coat of snow this morning. Photo by Robert Roy Britt

Snow that fell in the middle of the night in Anthem and elsewhere in the North Valley, remained on roofs, grassy areas and other cool surfaces at daybreak today amid a storm that set records for rainfall in Phoenix and snow in Flagstaff. The storm has dumped a whopping 1.5 inches of rain in Tramonto and Sonoran Foothills so far. [See updates and UPLOAD YOUR IMAGES to the North Phoenix News Facebook page.]

Rainfall so far during the storm, as of Noon Friday, was more than 1 inch north and west of Anthem, 1.7 inches in Tramonto, 1.5 inches in Sonoran Foothills, and 1.4 inches in Norterra. All those would likely be records for the date if such records stretched back far enough to declare such, but they don’t.

Also, it is not known whether the precipitation from yesterday’s dime-sized hail, which stripped leaves from trees and destroyed at least one vegetable garden (photos below), was fully counted in area rain gauges.

Among other storm notes:

  • Sky Harbor Airport broke the rainfall record for the date, surpassing 1973 with 0.74 inches yesterday.
  • Flagstaff yesterday set a new all-time record for snowfall on any given day, with 35.9 inches.
  • The Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to more than 400 calls for stuck vehicles and slide-offs on roadways in the northern districts of the state, plus 76 crashes.

I-17 northbound re-opened at around Noon Friday. It had been closed from the Sedona turnoff to Flagstaff. Several other roadways in the high country were closed (see below).

Not a normal day in Anthem. Photos by Robert Roy Britt

This tree had flowered a week ago and was fully leafed out, until the hail yesterday stripped most of the leaves off.
There are carrots under there. The hailstorm ruined a vegetable garden that had thrived all winter.

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Other road closures this morning, according to ADOT:

  • SR 89A is closed in both directions between Sedona and Flagstaff.
  • SR 87 is closed in both directions from Payson to Winslow. SR 87 is closed in both directions between Bush Highway and Payson.
  • SR 260 is closed in both directions between Star Valley and Heber. SR 260 is closed in both directions from just east of I-17 to SR 87.
  • US 60 is closed in both directions between SR 73 and just northeast of Globe.
  • SR 77 is closed in both directions between Globe and Winkelman.
  • US 191 is closed in both directions between Alpine and Morenci.

And finally: Some relief in sight:

The North Phoenix weather forecast from the National Weather Service as of 8 a.m. Friday.

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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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