Winter weather blankets Arizona

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by Andrew Michalscheck

KTVK

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:09 AM

PHOENIX -- Rain, hail, and even snow blanketed the state of Arizona on Wednesday, with everyone from school students to professional golfers being affected by the extreme weather.

Valley residents normally accustomed to pleasant February temperatures were forced to deal with wet, and in some cases white, conditions.

The far East Valley saw a sizable amount of snow on Wednesday morning, as a couple of inches covered the ground near Gold Canyon for a few hours.

The snow eventually melted away, but the snow-capped tops of the Superstition Mountains continued to remind everyone of the day's wild weather.

Scottsdale residents also got a rather harsh reminder that winter is still here, as the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies went from green to white.

Salt River Fields is normally a place where people go to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful Valley weather, but on Wednesday it looked more like the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

But Salt River Fields wasn’t the only sports venue impacted by the weather.

The PGA Tour was forced to stop the opening round of the Accenture Match Play Championship due to heavy snow in the Tucson area.

Fans eager to watch some of the world’s greatest golfers, including Tiger Woods, should be able to do so Thursday, as tournament organizers expect to resume play as conditions improve.

Residents of the high country are perhaps a little more adept than the rest of the state at dealing with winter weather, but that didn’t stop Wednesday’s storm from having an impact on Northern Arizona.

Flagstaff public schools and Northern Arizona University had to cancel classes Wednesday due to all the snow that fell in the area.

Valley residents who had their fill of winter weather on Wednesday shouldn’t have to worry about any more snow or rain.

Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 57, while Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of about 60.
 

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