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February saw unusually cold days for Arizona

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Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 8:01 am

Heavy snow and icy mornings accompanied colder-than-normal average temperatures throughout Arizona in February, according to the National Weather Service.

"There was a lot of wind and moisture that came out of Alaska," said Michelle Breckner, a weather service climatologist based in Reno, Nev.

In Phoenix, the average low observed in February was 46 degrees, compared with the normal low of 49. There were four days of rain.

In Tucson, the average low was 37 degrees. Overall, it was 2.3 degrees colder than the normal for February.

In Flagstaff, the average low temperature in February was 15 degrees, compared with the normal low of 19. Last year, the average low was 19.

In Yuma, the average low was 47 last month. The normal low is 50 degrees.

In Winslow, it was about 0.9 degrees colder than normal, and in Douglas it was about 4 degrees colder than normal based on average February temperatures, Breckner said.

A winter storm brought snow to the Tucson area and sleet to the Phoenix metropolitan area last week. The weather service issued a winter weather warning for the Flagstaff region because of blowing snow in some areas, and some schools canceled classes.

In southern Arizona, the snowstorm postponed first-round play at the Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, and nine flights bound for Tucson were diverted to Phoenix or other airports.

March should bring a shift to warmer weather for some parts of Arizona. In Phoenix, temperatures were expected to hover above 80 degrees through at least Tuesday. In Tucson, temperatures could reach the low 80s.

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