3 Inches Of Snow Mixed With Rain, Sleet, Hail


Rain, hail, snow, sleet and fog passed through Rim Country this week. National Weather Service Observer Anna Mae Deming reported almost 3 inches of snow fell. The high reached 39 degrees on Thursday, with the low at 30. On Tuesday, before the storm moved in, the high was 64 and the low was 26.

The roads in Payson were relatively safe during this week's stormy weather. Payson Police Commander Don Engler said his officers had no weather-related calls, though there were quite a few 9-1-1 calls about problems in the outlying areas.


"The sheriff's office and DPS stayed pretty busy," Engler said. The weather-related problems started around Little Green Valley on East Highway 260, and from Buckhead Mesa north on Highway 87.

Lisa Hicks, dispatch supervisor for the Payson office of the GCSO, said deputies responded to four weather-related accidents Thursday, one of which involved a rollover that killed two horses being transported by trailer.

Sgt. John Whetten of the DPS, said his officers responded to 29 weather-related accidents from Wednesday night through Thursday. He said seven had injuries, one of those severe in a DUI head-on collision. Three of the 29 were rollovers.

There were no reported road closures in the area, according to information from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The forecast shows sunny skies for Saturday.

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