Wild weather means snow, rain across ArizonaPosted: Updated:
STATEWIDE -- Mother Nature made her presence felt across Arizona. It might officially be spring, be from snow to rain, people all over the stated had to prepare for the elements.
Joanna Tepley had the important job of shoveling snow in front of her Flagstaff coffee house.
"If there is ever a day you need coffee, it's today," she said.
According to Tepley, the temperature can change on a dime in Flagstaff this time of year.
"You never really know in Flagstaff," she said. "Our wardrobe usually consists of T-shirts and parkas, but you never know. It could do this in May. We never really put our shovels away until June.”
Greg Penrod stopped by for a cup of coffee on his way to Sedona.
"It’s an awesome day, to come to Caffeination Station and get a cup of coffee and a ham sandwich for the morning run."
Penrod won’t be able to escape the snow on that trip. The typical red rocks of Sedona have been given a white dusting.
You could see snow-covered mountains from Cave Creek. While we did set a record for the coldest April 9 in more than four decades, there were no snowflakes here in the Valley. Mother Nature instead showered the area with rain.
The wet weather forced organizers to cancel all kinds of events. The Global Village Festival in Gilbert was shut down.
In Cave Creek, the rain did not stop the Fiesta Days Parade.
"Never let it rain on your parade," said Jan Berres. "You just cowgirl up and go."
While the weather did dampen the amount foot traffic at a Cave Creek crafts festival, Joni Camp who had a booth at the event, was ready for it.
"I knew that the rain was coming so I put clear plastic all the way around. Pinned it all in," she explained.
Most people we met today were bundled up. Peter Chytka, however, was not one of them. He's from Alaska
"Look at me, I am in shorts and a T-shirt," he said. "Our kids are in short sleeves. Yeah we are okay."
Don't expect the wild cold and wet weather to last. The storm system the brought all of this is making its way out of the state so we should be mostly clear by Sunday.