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Christmas weekend brings heavy rainfall for North Valley

12/28/16

NORTH VALLEY – It wasn’t quite a white Christmas in the North Valley, but it sure was a chilly one, with heavy rainfall on Christmas Eve and near freezing temps overnight this past weekend.

Northern Arizona received heavy snowfall, and Flagstaff’s snowfall broke the record for most snow that fell on Dec. 24, with 10.1 inches that day. Prescott received over seven inches of snow.

In the past week, about 2.5 inches of rain fell in the Anthem/New River area, and almost two inches fell in the Cave Creek/Carefree region, as reported by Rainlog.org. Further south in the north Phoenix area, about 2.5 inches of rain fell; northern Peoria received over 1.5 inches of rain.

The wet/snowy weather, combined with low visibility and gusty winds, caused multiple issues on northern freeways, including a closure on I-40. ADOT sent out repeated warnings to travelers, encouraging people to stay home if possible during the worst of the weather, and, if they had to travel, to be prepared and have an emergency kit in their vehicle.

More cool, rainy weather is predicted for the coming weekend; this week is expected to be partly sunny and warmer, but by the end of the week, clouds will be moving in.