Clouds gathered and by 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning the pitter-patter of drops fell on cars, houses and heads.
“This wasn’t supposed to happen until Friday,” said residents as they scurried for cover.
The National Weather Service reports that over the weekend and very possibly into next week Rim Country residents can expect to deal with damp weather and a gradual decline in the temperature.
Thursday, the NOAA reported a 10 percent chance of isolated showers. For Payson residents the actual percentage was 100, while the temperature was a warm 61 degrees.
Friday has a 100 percent showers and the temperature will drop.
The possibility of showers will decrease through the weekend to a 30 percent chance on Sunday and high temperature of 50 degrees.
Monday will dawn colder in the 40’s and have a high possibility of rain.
Good for the plants and to help settle the dust.
Up on the Rim, the National Weather Service expects rain until Sunday night when it will turn into snow, which could continue through Monday.
Not so good for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
For those hoping to ski, the Sunrise Ski Resort near Greer expects a couple of new inches on Friday and more on Saturday.
At Snow Bowl in Flagstaff, the National Weather Service predicts snow throughout the weekend.
The satellite photos show that the storm moving through Arizona is heaviest in the North-East corner. If the weather holds, Payson might see more weather the following week as another storm forms off the Pacific Coast.