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It wasn’t much but at least it was wet

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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2006 5:09 am | Updated: 4:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scattered showers drizzled over the East Valley on Sunday — a contrast to last week’s record-breaking storm that closed roads, stranded motorists and turned local mountains white.

“It was more of a showery precipitation out there,” said meteorologist Chris Breckenridge of the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “It’s nothing like the one we saw a week ago.”

The biggest problem: A two-hour rain delay at the Safeway International LPGA Golf Tournament at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Gold Canyon.

The rain gauge at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had recorded 0.11 of an inch of rain by 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Breckenridge said. Deer Valley Airport received the most rain, 0.36 inches, while east Mesa had 0.17 inches. The last storm dropped 2 to 3 inches in many areas.

Higher elevations in Yavapai County and northern Gila County received 3 to 6 inches of snow Sunday.

Meteorologists called the precipitation “hit or miss,” because some areas received short, strong bouts of rain, while others were lightly sprinkled or dry altogether.

“Probably a few days ago we thought (this storm) would hold some potential,” Breckenridge said. “But as it got a little closer, it looked like it had a little less potential.”

No roads had been closed as of late Sunday, Department of Public Safety officials said.

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 10 percent chance of rain Tuesday afternoon and evening, but the system will likely affect only northern Arizona. Today will be partly sunny with a high of 60 to 65 degrees, and a low of 38 to 48 degrees.

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