Thanksgiving Storm Prompts Warnings & Road Closures

SR-87 near Payson this morning. Photo: ADOT

The Thanksgiving storm of 2019 was slow to arrive but made up for its lack of speed with strong winds and about an inch of rain across the North Valley, a middle-of-the-night Flash Flood Warning that blared on cell phones, a Tornado Warning in the East Valley, and snow in the high country that closed I-17 and I-40.

Roughly 1 inch has been recorded in gauges on the far west side of Anthem and in Desert Hills just east of Anthem, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District. Tramonto got 1.14 inches so far, Sonoran Foothills 1.02 inches, and Norterra roughly 1 inch. Those are among the highest totals in the Valley, while 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in the mountains north of area.

Anthem Community Council announced the dog park is closed this morning due to soggy soil. Old Stage Road in New River was closed this morning due to flooding, MCDOT said. Road closures from snow included I-17 northbound at SR 179, SR 89-A from Sedona to Flagstaff, and SR 260 eastbound from Camp Verde.


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