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Rainfall across Arizona closes ski resorts, knocks out power, leads to traffic accidents


PHOENIX — Gloomy skies and rainfall greeted Arizonans on Thursday and also prompted two ski resorts to close.

The Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff was closed Wednesday and Thursday because of heavy rainfall. Mount Lemmon Ski Valley in southern Arizona also had to close Thursday afternoon. Rain often melts snow or makes it difficult to ski on.

Mount Lemmon received 2.4 inches of rain, while the Flagstaff area accumulated more than an inch, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain also fell around the Phoenix area, with areas in the West Valley getting nearly an inch.

Arizona Public Service reported several outages, with the largest affecting 1,700 customers in Phoenix, according to spokeswoman Anna Haberlein. Those customers were without power for about two hours early Thursday morning.

About 2,000 people in Tucson also lost power temporarily.

Law enforcement around the state took to social media to warn drivers about slick roads and dangerous conditions.

In Tempe, police blamed "dark, rainy conditions" for an accident involving two pedestrians who were struck at an intersection. The man and woman were wearing dark clothing when they were struck in a crosswalk by a woman who failed to yield while making a right turn, Sgt. Steven Carbajal said in an email. The pedestrians suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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