Record rain for the Valley

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 6:20 PM

PHOENIX -- As of 4 p.m. Friday, we had set a record for rainfall in Phoenix on a March 8. Sky Harbor Airport recorded .68 inches of rain, smashing the previous record of .36 inches, which goes back to 1992.

Some parts of the East Valley picked up more than an inch of rain, and there were numerous reports of small hail and winds gusting more than 40 miles per hour. There were also lots of reports of trees and limbs down around the Valley.

The heaviest of the rain is over. We’ll see isolated showers the rest of Friday night and pretty cold temperatures, mid 40s by Saturday morning.

In the high country, the snow continues to fall. Forest Lakes, which is along the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson, has reported 20 inches of snow. Arizona Snowbowl reports 11 inches of snow. Kohls Ranch, Heber and Payson also picked up about six inches of new snow.

The Winter Storm Warning continues in the high country until 6 p.m. on Saturday. Expect significant additional snowfall accumulations in the high country as the storm moves out.

Metro Phoenix will probably stay dry on Saturday, but cool, with highs only in the 50s.

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