Rain in Phoenix; snow closes Flagstaff schools

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A winter storm swept through the state Monday, bringing cooler temperatures and rain to the Phoenix-metro area and snow to the higher elevations, including Flagstaff.

Weather conditions prompted the Flagstaff Unified School District to cancel Monday's classes.

By 3 p.m., about 7 inches of snow had fallen in Flagstaff. The Snowbowl ski area got 26 inches of snow.

3TV's Jill Galus described the snow and wet and heavy.

"If you pick it up, it's not the fluffy, white snow we're used to," she said. "You will be soaking wet if you're out playing in this."

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning that covers northwestern Arizona southeasterly along the Mogollon Rim near to Show Low. That warning expired at  5 p.m. Monday.

Snow levels were not low enough to affect Payson and Prescott. Both areas were seeing rain Monday morning.

Rain fell in the Phoenix-metro area later in the day as the system moved in from the west. The rain will likely wind down overnight.

While the scattered showers could be heavy at times, this storm should not be a major soaker. We probably will not see more than 0.25 inch.

The rest of the week should be dry, but rain is in the forecast for the weekend.

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