Cold Front Delivers First Dose Of Winter


Trees and shrubs near Forest Lakes were coated in a thick blanket of snow over the weekend.

Trees and shrubs near Forest Lakes were coated in a thick blanket of snow over the weekend. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Brrr. After a cold weekend in Rim Country, it is officially time to break out the nubby sweaters and hot cocoa.

On Saturday night, temperatures plummeted into the 30s, with a wind chill of 22. The wind and weather forced the last of the fall leaves to drop and homeowners to pack up their summer gardens for good.

Luckily, Payson reported no water pipe breaks. Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi said they don’t normally get those calls until the temperatures fall into the single digits and the weather service isn’t predicting such frigid temperatures — at least not this week.

The strong cold front stormed into Rim Country Friday afternoon, moving across northern Arizona and bringing with it high winds and a few splatters of snow in Payson and Pine.

Rain gauges at the Payson airport recorded half an inch of rain over the weekend along with wind gusts up to 18 mph.

On the Rim, Roundup photographer Andy Towle captured an early winter wonderland, with trees and shrubs coated in a thick layer of snow near Forest Lakes.

The National Weather Service reports things will stay clear this week, but cold overnight temperatures will persist, with a low of 26 expected Tuesday night.

By Thursday, things should start to warm up as dry conditions continue.

The next chance for any weather activity will come late Friday when a weak low-pressure trough will increase winds, but things should stay sunny and cool.

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