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Winter storm brings rain, snow to parts of state

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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 8:24 pm | Updated: 9:13 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A winter storm warning and flood watch was issued for the Northern Arizona region and parts of the Valley late Wednesday night, but no problems of flooding were reported as northern parts of the Valley saw the most rainfall until early early today, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

According to National Weather Service officials, 35 mile per hour gusts of wind, 6 to 10 inches of snow, and reduced visibility on roads was expected in Northern Arizona late Wednesday as a storm system rolled in. The storm warning was in effect through today.

No records were set during the rainfall through the night, and very small amounts of snow fell in the higher-elevated parts of the northern Valley around north Scottsdale and Cave Creek, according to Jaret Rogers, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The large low-pressure system moved north and lowered expected rainfall totals in the Valley, according to weather service.

The northwest portions of Cave Creek and New River experienced the most rainfall with about 1.14 inches while areas of north Scottsdale saw up to three-tenths of an inch of rain, Rogers said.

Since Monday, those parts of Cave Creek and New River have seen nearly three inches of rain compared to about two inches around north Scottsdale.

Falcon Field in Mesa has seen 1.38 inches since Monday while Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe have seen up to a half-inch of rain, Rogers said.

On Wednesday, the storm system was responsible for heavy snow, perhaps as much as 1-1/2 feet, in the mountains around the Palm Springs, California area, according to the National Weather Service Phoenix office.

Parts of the Valley experienced the remnants of that cold system spinning off the coast of California that moved east, according to Rogers.

“During this time of year, it’s pretty normal to see these cold systems,” Rogers said. “This one was particularly strong because of the precipitation to the north. It was a pretty cold system.”

Maricopa County was under a flood warning until early Thursday morning, but according to officials the heaviest rainfall would likely avoid the Valley. National Weather Service meteorologist Hector Vasquez said a half inch to 2 inches of rainfall was expected in the Valley.

Officials said that the heaviest rainfall, about .01 inches, hit the West Valley near Luke Air Force Base by 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said the Northern winter storm warning was in effect until Thursday at noon with below freezing temperatures in the morning and an expected high temperature of 58 degrees. Temperatures in the Valley were expected to be 49 degrees in the morning and 58 degrees in the afternoon, according to the weather service.

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