A temporary waterfall gushes rain/snow on top of the Mogollon Rim as clouds kiss the top of the rim with hard pelting rain, and a Southwestern wind slaps Ponderosa pine to and fro as it rises the rim without resistance.
Photo by Andrew H. Towle.
Clouds gathered over Rim Country Thursday morning, delivering a spatter of raindrops on cars, houses and heads a day ahead of schedule.
“This wasn’t supposed to happen until Friday,” said residents as they scurried for cover.
But don’t put the raincoats away. The National Weather Service predicts the damp weather will continue through the weekend and into next week, along with a gradual drop in temperature.
On 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.
Saturday has a 60 to 100 percent chance of showers and the temperature will drop. The rain should taper off during the weekend, with a 60 percent chance on Sunday and a high temperature of 52 degrees.
Monday will dawn in the high 30s with a good chance of rain.
Up on the Rim, the National Weather Service expects rain and snow, which could continue through Tuesday.
Not such good news for cross country skiers or snowshoers, but great for downhill skiers.
The Sunrise Ski Resort near Greer expects several inches Friday and more on Saturday. Snowbowl in Flagstaff should also see snow throughout the weekend.
The satellite photos show that the storm moving through Arizona is heaviest in the northeast corner. If the weather holds, Payson should see more weather through Tuesday as another storm rolls in, bringing with it lower snow levels.