Storm Dumps 3 Inches

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Despite receiving some three inches of rain and a splattering of snow this weekend, police reported few problems.

Neither the Payson Police Department nor the Department of Public Safety reported major accidents even with a thick layer of fog Monday morning.

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On the highways, DPS Sgt. Eric Axlund said several drivers slid off the highway both east and north of town Saturday, but no one was injured. Axlund called on two tow trucks to pull people out of ditches and send them on their way.

“We were pretty good for the amount of weather that came through,” Axlund said.

Axlund noted one vehicle accident Monday morning when a northbound vehicle hit an elk south of the casino.

Axlund credited the Arizona Department of Public Safety for keeping the roads clear all weekend with six snowplows covering Highways 87 and 260.

According to the airport rain gauge, the Payson area received more than three inches of rain and a splattering of snow, but not enough to stick. The snow was heavier on the Mogollon Rim and in Pine where residents woke to several inches of snow.

The daytime temperatures took a dip. The high over the weekend did not break 50 degrees and the average high for Friday and Saturday historically is 58 degrees.

Temperatures should stay below normal through Monday and rise to the 60s by Wednesday as high pressure builds bringing warmer temperatures.

The National Weather Service reports a weaker storm will bring clouds, but only a slight chance for rain Thanksgiving Day through the weekend.

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