Phoenix, Flagstaff weather: Winter wallop

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by April Warnecke

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Posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 19 at 11:08 AM

PHOENIX -- Today is officially the last day of winter, but the season is going out like a lion after a whopper of a weekend storm. 

There are feet of snow on the ground in parts of the high country, and temperatures will struggle to rise much this afternoon.  A winter storm warning for Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim has expired.  Although more snow is likely throughout today, it will be lighter in nature and not as widespread.

The warning is still in effect for parts of South Central Arizona above 5,000 feet until this evening.  Snowbowl received it's biggest snowfall of the season with a total as of Monday morning of 53 new inches of powder.  Flagstaff has 29 inches of new snow.  See below for more snow totals

Valley rain totals were impressive, too, with amounts ranging from about 0.33 inch to just less than an inch around town. 

Sky Harbor offically recieved 0.25 inch, which actually broke a record for March 18. 

More rain is possible today, although it should be lighter in nature and less widespread across the Valley.  It will stay cold, with temperatures struggling to make it out of the 50s this afternoon under partly sunny skies. 

There's a slight chance of showers today and tonight, with overnight temperatures dipping to the 30s and 40s around the Valley. 

We'll dry out and warm it up to the 60s tomorrow and the 70s Wednesday.  Sunshine and mid 80s are on tap for the end of the week and weekend. 

Get the latest forecast for your neighborhood

Biggest snowstorm of season ends winter, ushers in spring

Snow totals as of 9:30 a.m.

Snowbowl:  53" 

Flagstaff: 29"

Williams: 24"

Sunrise:  24"

Forest Lakes:18"

Prescott: 12"

Payson: 12"

Sedona: 9"

Show Low: 9"

Heber: 8"

 

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