Spring storm brings snow, rain, wind to Ariz.


by 3TV


Posted on April 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 11:46 AM

PHOENIX -- A spring storm dumped snow in northern Arizona and brought rain and wind to the Valley on Saturday, uprooting trees and leaving thousands without power.

The National Weather Service said Flagstaff received about 5 inches of snow.

"This is great because I was in 90-degree weather in Tucson," Lupe Juvera said as she scraped snow off her car with a newspaper.

Flagstaff residents welcomed the April snow showers following the dry winter.

"The weather's awesome today. It's a good change," resident Alicia Bruchman said. "We had a really, really dry winter so it's fun to have winter in April. By tomorrow it'll be sunny and warm again, and this is the best kind of snow when it doesn't stay."

In Phoenix, wind gusts reached more than 50 mph.

Luis Nunez, who is visiting the Valley from New Mexico, said he is glad to be alive after a large pine tree came crashing down on his car while he was driving near 35th and Dunlap avenues.

"All of a sudden, I just see pine needles falling toward me," he recalled. "The car was completely covered and I stopped. The road construction fellas knocked on my window and asked me if I was OK, and everything was fine."

The car he bought only a week ago has a blown tire and crushed windshield.

"It just scared me for a while and I was just shaking for a few seconds," he said.

A woman and her grandkids were also startled when a fallen tree damaged their home near 31st and Missouri avenues in Phoenix.

There were several other downed trees in the Valley but no injuries were reported.