Winter storm dumps snow, rain on Tucson, causes travel disruptions

Winter storm dumps snow, rain on Tucson, causes travel disruptions
Snowy view of Panther Peaks in Picture Rocks on Friday, Feb. 22.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The morning commute throughout southern Arizona was either white or wet as a winter storm slowly made its way through the region on Friday, Feb. 22.

As the day wore on and snow accumulated at higher elevations, traffic became a nightmare on the highways. Eastbound I-10 was stopped briefly before 11 a.m. because of heavy snow and multiple crashes about 7 miles east of Benson approaching Texas Canyon.

The Tucson International Airport had to cancel or delay because of the snowy conditions.

The weather also resulted in some sports postponements. Pima Community College’s baseball doubleheader with Mesa Community College will be played Sunday, Feb. 24 at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Snow was reported falling in the communities of Tucson, Nogales, Vail, Marana, Picture Rocks, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Oracle, Oro Valley, Rio Rico, Whetstone and Sonoita.

The weather also resulted in school closures throughout the region.

Drivers are cautioned to slow down and, if possible, even delay travel as this storm has dropped precipitation statewide. In northern Arizona, Flagstaff received record-setting snowfall with about 2 1/2 feet on Thursday, Feb. 21.

This storm is also expected to create runoff in many washes, so drivers should proceed with caution at places where washes cross roads. If the water is running, it is advisable to find another route.

To see the latest road conditions reported by Pima County, CLICK HERE.

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