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Weekend storm sets regional rainfall records

Saturday brought the second-highest single-day rainfall total in Prescott for the time period covered by the powerful storm that just hit the region.

The official Sundog measuring site recorded 1.16 inches of rain Saturday. That was the second-highest one-day total on record for Nov. 20-24, according to the National Weather Service. Records date back to 1898.

The top-ranking rainfall for that time period was 3.01 inches on Nov. 23, 1965.

The Flagstaff airport broke its record for the most rain on Nov. 22 (Friday) with 1.01 inches, while Winslow broke its Nov. 22 record with 1.78 inches and its Nov. 23 record with 0.42 inches. Flagstaff also broke its Nov. 22 snowfall record with 5.6 inches, the Weather Service said.

The storm brought a total of 2.45 inches of rain to Prescott Wednesday through Sunday. That's about twice the long-term average for all of November, 1.22 inches.

Other storm totals listed by the National Weather Service for Yavapai County were 3.8 inches for Crown King, 2.95 inches in Bagdad, 2.75 inches in Jerome, 2.63 inches at Cherry, 2.42 inches at Childs, 2.33 inches at Cornville, 2.04 inches in Sedona, 2.02 inches in Camp Verde and 1.65 inches at the Prescott airport.

The highest rainfall on the Weather Service list for northern Arizona was 4.77 inches along the East Verde River about 15 miles north of Payson.

Snowfall amounts across northern Arizona included 18-29 inches at the Arizona Snowbowl, 11.4 inches at the Flagstaff airport and 5-8 inches at Williams and Parks.

The Arizona Snowbowl ski area near Flagstaff plans to open Friday, while the Sunrise Park Resort ski area near Greer opened last weekend. The Sunrise website says it received nearly two feet of new snow from the storm.

Several U.S. Forest Service roads have closed for the season because of the snow, including Prescott National Forest Road 104 just past FS 413 on Mingus Mountain.

The storm system has been connected to at least seven deaths as it continues to sweep east across most of the nation.

Prescott's Thanksgiving Day forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 56 degrees.

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