- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - Rainfall in Phoenix on Saturday set a record for the date as soggy conditions prompted cancellation of some spring training baseball games.

The National Weather Service reported 0.9 inch (2.3 centimeters) of rain by late morning Saturday, easily breaking the previous record of 0.45 inch (1.14 centimeters) set in 1913.

MLB teams canceled five games, including one featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Two other games’start times were reset for later Saturday and one game was rescheduled for March.

The weather service said up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain was expected through Sunday morning in Phoenix, Prescott, Flagstaff and Show Low, while Maricopa County officials said localized flooding such as ponding on roads and minor runoff in washes would be a concern late Saturday.

Rainfall was expected to wane Saturday night and Sunday morning as the weather disturbance moved eastward.



The Arizona Department of Transportation joked on Twitter that the cool and wet weather in Phoenix resembled those of Seattle and urged drivers to slow down, turn on their lights and not tailgate,.

The weather service said snowfall in higher elevations would include up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) in Flagstaff and up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in Heber.

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