A rare snowstorm hit the Tucson area Wednesday, with large and wet flakes falling off and on throughout the afternoon and evening.
All of Tucson got snow, with accumulations of one-half to 1 inch. Oro Valley, Catalina and other areas at higher elevations had up to 2 inches. Mount Lemmon, at 9,000 feet, had 6 inches or more.
At one point, the National Weather Service issued a "blizzard warning" for Arizona mountain ranges, including those around Tucson.
Heavy rain was reported elsewhere; the Phoenix metropolitan area had up to three-quarters of an inch of rain in some areas.
The snowstorm caused two flights headed to Tucson to be diverted to Phoenix. Tucson International Airport officials said service returned to normal later Wednesday.
Play was suspended at the Accenture Match Play Championship golf event in Marana.
The weather service issued a blizzard warning until 11 p.m. for the mountains of southeastern Arizona.
More rain was forecast for Thursday from a second, smaller and weaker storm system that was moving from the west.
Photo: Mark Duggan
Large snowflakes fell over Tucson for about an hour Wednesday.