Saturday, April 14, 2012
by Jim Cross/KTAR
PHOENIX -- It won't be a giant rainmaker, but with only six-tenths of an inch since mid-December, we'll take it.
Austin Jamison with the National Weather Service said the Valley will get less than a half-inch of rainfall, while up north, a needed dose of snowfall is expected.
"Isolated areas on the Mogollon Rim could see upward of 10 inches of snow," he said. "Flagstaff should get 5-7 inches of snowfall."
Strong winds are a part of the package with this storm, especially in northern Arizona where gusts could hit speeds as high as 40-50 mph. The Phoenix area could get gusts up to 35 mph.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said drivers need to be ready for high winds and the possibility of blowing dust on all of the state's freeways.
"That's especially true for drivers of taller vehicles like big rigs (and) RVs," said ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel.
Nintzel said it won't take much rainfall to loosen up the oil and dirt on freeways, making for slick driving conditions. Drivers need to use caution.
ADOT snowplow crews in the high country are ready to roll round-the-clock.