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Rainy Weather Feature

After weeks of dry weather, storm clouds roll over downtown Flagstaff as the wet streets reflect lights from cars, signs and businesses Friday evening. (Taylor Mahoney/Arizona Daily Sun)

Although the storm dropped nearly an inch and a half of rain on Flagstaff, the city is still 25 percent behind for the season.

The warm winter storm during the weekend dropped 1.44 inches of rain and snow at the Flagstaff airport.

But the total has only put a dent in the amount the area has to pick up to reach normal amounts.

“The heaviest was overnight Friday into Saturday,” said Justin Johndrow, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Bellemont.

The rain started Friday in the early afternoon, and by Saturday evening, the heaviest rain ran from Phoenix to the Payson area along the eastern Mogollon Rim.

“It tapered off pretty quickly after that,” Johndrow said.

The storm from the Pacific Ocean was a warm one with high snow levels. Flagstaff, at just under 7,000 feet, received 1.1 inches of snow from the storm. The remainder of the precipitation fell as rain.

“We didn’t see many reports of accumulating snow below 6,500 for most places,” Johndrow said.

Upslope of the Mogollon Rim was a different story, though, he added.

“The rain wrings out in some of those places,” Johndrow said.

Upper Oak Creek Canyon, for instance, received 3.25 inches of rain from the storm. And Munds Park and Mormon Lake received between 2.5 and 3 inches of rain.

The rainfall totals were pretty much in line with predictions, Johndrow said, but the precipitation totals, although considerable, still didn’t bring the area in line with normals for the year to date.

“For the city, it didn’t really catch us up very far,” Johndrow said.

Normal precipitation for the season to date, beginning Sept. 1 is 12.03 inches. So far there has been 8.84 inches, putting the city 3.19 inches below normal for the season.

In terms of snowfall, Flagstaff normally has 74.7 inches of snow for the season by this time. This season, there has been 34.6 inches.

There is no heavy precipitation on the near horizon. “There’s some chance this coming Friday, but it definitely doesn’t look heavy,” Johndrow said.

According to the Weather Service, high temperatures will get back up to the high 50s beginning today through the rest of the week. Overnight lows will dip to the mid-20s.

— Sun staff report

Snowfall amounts:

Friday afternoon to 8 a.m. Sunday

Snowbowl 20 inches

Forest Lakes 12 inches

Mormon Lake 4 inches

Flagstaff Airport 1.1 inches

Bellemont 1 inch

Kachina 1 inch

Precipitation amounts:

Friday afternoon to 8 a.m. Sunday

Flagstaff Airport 1.44 inches

Oak Creek Canyon 3.25 inches

Walnut Canyon 1.7 inches

Williams 1.3 inches

Munds Park 2.5-3 inches

Mormon Lake: 2.5-3 inches

— National Weather Service

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