Storm brings rain, wind to Valley, snow to high countryPosted: Updated:
For the first time in about a month, the rain has come to the Valley. But more people experienced the strong winds.
But it's not just rain in the Valley. According to the National Weather Service station in Bellemont, which is just west of Flagstaff, more than 9 inches of snow fell between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
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By 5 a.m. that was up to 12 inches in Bellemont and 5.2 inches at Flagstaff Airport.
By 6:40 a.m., the worst of the storm system had passed.
Snow levels were around 6,000 feet. A Winter Weather Advisory for Flagstaff was in effect until 7 a.m. and Flagstaff schools were put on a two-hour delay because of the weather.
Here in the Valley, the storm came from the west and Goodyear received the front of it first. In fact, the Spring Training game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs was called early. Spring Training facilities around the Valley got the tarps out to protect the infields.
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The Arizona Department of Transportation said Interstate 10 in the west Valley near Bullard Avenue was seeing rain.
The wind is having more of an impact than the rain. More than 1,800 APS customers were without power because the weather knocked out electricity in the area of 16th Street and Thomas Road. Power was restored by 10:30 p.m.
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Some scaffolding came crashing down in the area of 16th Street and Camelback Road. No one was hurt and nothing else was damaged.
West Phoenix saw gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, while El Mirage and Goodyear saw winds up to 43 miles per hour. There were 41-mile-per-hour wind gusts in Peoria and Glendale.
Earlier in the day in Yuma, the storm brought blowing dust.
5AM: Official snowfall totals so far 12" in Bellemont, 5.2" at Flagstaff Airport. #azwx— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) March 23, 2017
755pm: Strong winds overspreading the west Valley and moving eastward. Gusts 30-40 mph. An isolated but strong thunderstorm too. #azwx— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) March 23, 2017
NOW: Rain is falling on I-10 in the West Valley near Bullard. #PHXtraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) March 23, 2017
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