Storm brings rain and snow to Arizona

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Snow is coming down in Flagstaff, and more is on the way as a late spring storm makes its way through the state Friday.

About 7 inches of snow was on the ground in Bellemont, which is about 11 miles west-northwest of Flagstaff. That was just from the leading edge of the system. There is a winter weather advisory for parts of Coconino County until 8 p.m. Friday as storm activity is expected to increase Friday afternoon.

This kind of storm in May is rare.

"We don't see this kind of snowfall late in May too often," said meteorologist Brian Klimowski, who heads up the National Weather Service office in Flagstaff. "It started at midnight and by the time the sun rose here in Bellemont, we had over 6 inches of snow out here."

Klimowski said the heaviest snow was coming down in a band from Flagstaff west to Parks.

"The last time we saw a snow event like this late in May was back in 2008," he said. "Any time we see a storm like this late in the season, it's always good. A storm like this will tend to push off the fire season a little bit."

The roads are already slick and conditions

Crews are plowing highways in the Flagstaff and Williams areas due to snowfall in parts of northern Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported snow Friday morning on segments of Interstates 17 and 40 near Flagstaff.

The same system that's dumping snow on the high country is bringing rain to the Valley. Thunderstorms are also possible in the afternoon and early evening hours.

Sky Harbor International Airport had received .38 inch of rain by Friday evening, breaking the previous daily record of .11 inch set in 1953. Friday's rainfall brings this month's total to .62 inch of rain, which is unusual for May.

Shower activity is expected to decrease Saturday, with drying conditions Sunday before a chance for showers and a slight cooling trend Monday and Tuesday.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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