Rain and snow hit:

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - Samie Ge­bers Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

The first ma­jor storm of the sea­son soaks the Phoenix area Tues­day night and drops snow on Ari­zona’s high coun­try, caus­ing some traf­fic col­li­sions and de­lay­ing the start of Flagstaff-area schools.

The first ma­jor rain storm of the sea­son soaked the Phoenix area and brought snow to the high coun­try, spark­ing some col­li­sions and de­lay­ing the start of Flagstaff-area schools.

Some parts of the Val­ley re­ceived more than a half-inch of rain from the weather sys­tem that hit Tues­day night and con­tin­ued into Wed­nes­day.

There were no re­ports of ma­jor flood­ing or dam­age, be­sides pos­si­ble de­bris moved by 50 mph gusts of wind.

Mean­while, Flagstaff re­ceived 4.7 inches of snow­fall. As much as 14 inches fell in ar­eas around Ari­zona Snow­bowl, which had been forced to make its own snow to start off the ski sea­son.

The snow­fall de­layed the start of Flagstaff schools by two hours Wed­nes­day morn­ing and closed In­ter­state 40 near Wil­liams for sev­eral hours, while heavy rain led to a fa­tal car ac­ci­dent in north-cen­tral Ari­zona.

I-40 re­opened Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter be­ing closed late Tues­day by snow, and Trooper Kameron Lee of the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety said heavy rain ap­par­ently was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to a five-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion that left two dead and three hurt on south­bound In­ter­state 17 at State Route 169 Tues­day night. The DPS also re­ported sev­eral non-in­jury ac­ci­dents and slide-offs in the Flagstaff area.

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Bianca Her­nan­dez said the mois­ture wouldn’t linger.

“It looks like we will go back to our nor­mal dry pat­tern,” Her­nan­dez said.

High tem­per­a­tures in the Val­ley are ex­pected to top 70 de­grees on Fri­day.

Row­ers en­joy a peace­ful morn­ing on Tempe Town Lake on Wed­nes­day, af­ter a Tues­day evening of wind and rain. MARK HENLE/THE REPUB­LIC

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