Storm brings scattered showers to Valley, snow to high country - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Storm brings scattered showers to Valley, snow to high country

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This is how the Agassiz Chairlift looked Monday morning. (Source: Snowbowl) This is how the Agassiz Chairlift looked Monday morning. (Source: Snowbowl)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A storm system descended on Arizona on Monday and brought rainy conditions in Phoenix, downpours that contributed to a rockslide near Sedona and snow in higher elevations as the ski season got underway.

A Pacific weather system continued to bring unsettled and cooler conditions to the Valley throughout the day.

Light to moderate rainfall fell through midday, mainly focused over south-central Arizona.

Giant pieces of rock broke away from a cliff and tumbled onto a main thoroughfare near Sedona, causing a traffic backup. The road, SR89A, was reopened about an hour later after crews used a loader to remove the rocks.

The National Weather Service said a one-two punch of storms hit the state, starting with a dose of tropical moisture from Mexico that was followed by a cold front.

Drivers experienced foggy conditions around Phoenix. Pea-sized hail fell in Scottsdale. Wickenburg received more than an inch of rain at one weather-reporting station, while only 0.11 inches fell at the Phoenix airport.

Just before 12 p.m., strong storms with heavy rain and hail were affecting the Beeline Highway corridor. 

Here are some selected rainfall amounts from the National Weather Service:

0.67 – Wittmann

0.55 – Buckeye

0.36 – Lake Pleasant

0.31 – Sun City West

0.28 – Cave Creek

0.20 – Glendale

0.12 – Chandler, Deer Valley

0.08 – Apache Junction

0.04 – ASU West 

The same systems that brought rain to Phoenix led to snowfall in higher elevations, including 2 inches in Prescott and 1.5 inches in Flagstaff, Vasquez said.

The Arizona Snowbowl opened Saturday, but skiers who lined up to get on the slopes Monday were proud to see fresh snow.

Just before dawn, streets and roadways in the area were damp and slick.

A cold front will sweep through during the mid-morning hours, meteorologists said.

The weather was more intense in Mohave County, where the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Golden Valley at 4:40 a.m.

In the high country, light rain showers were reported at 3:30 a.m. The snow level remained above 8,500 feet but was expected to drop to between 2,000 and 3,000 feet as the cold front moves through.

Snowbowl reported 3 inches of snow on the ground Monday morning. 

[RELATED: Hit the slopes! Snowbowl opens after delays]

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Sunshine will return to Arizona Tuesday with daytime highs around 70 in the Phoenix Metro area.

Temperatures will warm up for Thanksgiving. Look for afternoon highs in the mid-70s by Thursday.

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