Storm brings Valley rain, mountain snow

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PHOENIX -- The storm that brought torrential downpours, mudslides and even a tornado to California moved through Arizona Saturday producing rain, thunderstorms, hail and snow.

Rainfall totals Saturday afternoon around the Valley ranged from just 0.08 inch at Phoenix Sky Harbor, 0.79 inch in New River, 0.55 inch at Pinnacle Peak, to 0.20 inch in Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa, and 0.24 inch in Avondale and Glendale.

Snowfall totals ranged from 3 inches at Arizona Snowbowl Resort, to 1 inch in Happy Jack and Jacob Lake, according to the National Weather Service Office of Flagstaff, with snow continuing to fall from Flagstaff through the White Mountains Saturday evening.

The official high at Phoenix Sky Harbor reached 66 at 12:15 a.m. Saturday according to the National Weather Service Office of Phoenix, then quickly dipped to a low temp of 54 degrees a few hours later.

Despite the rain, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued “No Burn Days” both Saturday and Sunday in Maricopa County. A High Pollution Advisory was also issued for the county on Sunday due to high levels of fine particulates known as PM 2.5.

The storm system should be out of Arizona late Saturday night. The Valley will be left with mostly clear skies and areas of patchy fog. Temperatures are tumbling compared to when they were in the upper 70s last week across the Phoenix-metro. Look for a low of 43 in Phoenix Sunday morning with a high of just 63 under mostly sunny skies.

Conditions are expected to dry out through Tuesday before another Pacific storm system impacts Arizona midweek.