3 To 6 Inches Of Snow Expected


The dry days are behind the Rim Country -- at least for the near future.

The wintery weather mid-week was a sign of things to come this weekend, according to both Anna Mae Deming, Payson's longtime weather recorder, and Justin Johndrow of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.


The first snow of winter falls March 8 as Rim Country Middle School student Jessie Drews walks to her next class. Weather forecasters predict even more snow will fall this weekend in north central Arizona.

"It's going to be a very good storm -- the best we've had," said Deming.

While there was only a trace of accumulation Wednesday, expect between at least 3 to 6 inches to pile up over the weekend.

The storm is expected to produce high winds at first, Johndrow said, with gusts up to 45 miles an hour through Friday afternoon.

Light snow was expected down to 4,500 feet Thursday night through Friday, with an accumulation between .5 and 1 inch.

The bulk of it is anticipated from early Saturday through early Sunday, said Johndrow. Later reports indicated precipitation could continue into Monday.

The cold snap will limit the high temperatures to about 47 degrees Friday and between the upper 30s and low 40s over the weekend.

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