Arizona sees wet, windy weather with rain, snow

December 25, 2021 GMT

Parts of Arizona had wet and windy weather Friday with rain falling on desert cities and snow in Flagstaff and nearby mountains.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service said a few additional showers pushed Phoenix to a new daily rainfall record with 1 inch (2.54 centimeters). The old record of 0.93 of an inch (2.36 centimeters) was set in 1944. They also said Friday marked the wettest day for the city since Feb. 22, 2020 when just over an inch fell.

The state Department of Transportation had warned drivers that rain in metro Phoenix would produce slick road conditions. Light to moderate rain also was forecast for the Tucson area in southern Arizona.

A flash flood watch was issued for Kingman and other areas in Mohave County in northwestern Arizona through Friday afternoon due to rainfall over a wildfire burn scar in the Hualapai Mountains.

The National Weather Service said Flagstaff could get up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of snow Friday, with higher totals expected at higher elevations in the region.

Arizona Snow Bowl, a ski resort in the mountains overlooking Flagstaff, reported getting 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow overnight.

Gusty winds up to 40 mph (64 kph) were forecast in southeastern Arizona and in east-central Arizona, where winter storm advisories were issued for the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains.