Mother Nature drops snow on high country, rain on Valley


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 11:37 AM

STATEWIDE -- The amounts varied, but the entire Valley saw at least some rain as a storm moved through Arizona overnight and early Friday morning.

While the rain was the story in the Valley, snow is the name of the weather game up north.

Snow was still coming down in Flagstaff at 7 a.m.

Reporting live from Little America, 3TV's Crystal Cruz talked to perhaps the only person who did not know snow was in the forecast.

"I woke up to a surprise," said truck driver Doug Wright.

Snow plows are running, but Flagstaff Unified School District has closed its schools for the day. According to the National Weather Service, there were more than 3 inches on the ground by 6 a.m.

In Forest Lakes northwest of Payson a foot of snow was on the ground.

It also was snowing in Heber near Show Low. Another 1 to 2 inches were expected there by 10 a.m.

The storm brought heavy rain to Phoenix overnight with amounts ranging from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch. Tucson got more than half an inch of rain and snow was still falling on Mount Lemmon at daybreak Friday, with about a foot expected by the end of the day.

While this storm system is making its way out of Arizona, a second one is making its way in. That storm is expected Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.