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The winter weather provided Hannah Hernandez, 13, with new, but familiar friends — Precious the bunny, letting us know that Easter is almost here, and Sami, Frosty the Snowman’s girlfriend.

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Winter storm dumps snow on Rim Country

Winter’s last gasp dumped a foot of snow on Payson Sunday, producing the best excuse all year to sleep in, start a fire and do, well, absolutely nothing. “Heaven is a pot-bellied stove and not a thing to do but watch the flakes fall,” said one resident. The storm gave Payson a whole different feel for spring break, with the schools out of session there was no need for a snow day. But don’t put away the suntan oil just yet — the National Weather Service insists it’ll be 70 degrees by Thursday, with a beautiful weekend for basking on the banks of the East Verde on tap. The Sunday storm rumbled in late and lingered through Monday, leaving the Snowbowl ski resort above Flagstaff the gift of 53 inches, according to the Weather Service.


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