YourPhotos: Late snow storm wallops Arizona

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STATEWIDE -- Mother Nature smacked Arizona with a cold spring storm Friday night and Saturday, dumping rain in the Valley and snow -- quite a bit of snow -- in the high country.

With nearly a foot of snow in some areas of Flagstaff, the Arizona Department of transportation had to close portions of northbound Interstate 17. Crews cleared the snow and ice, and after nearly eight hours, the highway between State Route 179 and Flagstaff reopened to traffic.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the weather could be to blame for a fatal wreck on Interstate 40 about 15 miles east of Flagstaff. Two people were killed in the two-vehicle collision.

The National Weather Service said there are 12 inches of snow in Grand Canyon Village, 11 inches in Flagstaff, 10 inches in Parks, 7 inches in Williams, 5 inches in Kachina Village and 4 inches in Doney Park.

The storm was cold enough to drop temperatures significantly in the Phoenix Metro area. Just eight days after hitting 100 degrees for the first time this year -- the second earliest on record -- Phoenix topped out at just 53 degrees Saturday, setting a record for coldest high for this date. That record -- 58 degrees -- was set in 1965. We should be at about 83 degrees this time of year.

This cold storm system should clear out of Arizona by Sunday, allowing temperatures to warm back up.

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