Winter storm heading out after dropping snow, rain

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PHOENIX (AP) — A fast-moving winter storm that brought snow and rain to much of Arizona and some parts of New Mexico over the weekend quickly moved east Sunday.

It dumped as much as 10 inches of snow to northern areas of Arizona and shut down interstates 40 and 17 overnight. Snow also blanketed the mountains around Tucson in the southern part of the state, and heavy rain fell overnight in Phoenix.

Much of the storm's moisture was gone by the time it reached New Mexico, said Albuquerque-based National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Jones. The mountains west of Albuquerque received snow, but strong wind, blowing dust and fire danger were the storm's main effects there.

"I think a lot of it dissipated on the east side of the Mogollon Mountains (in Arizona)," Jones said. There's just not enough moisture over New Mexico to produce much in way of the rain or snow showers, plenty of wind, though."

Gusts above 60 mph were reported Sunday in south-central New Mexico's Lincoln County, Jones said.

Several wildfires were burning in southeastern New Mexico, and high winds were hampering efforts to contain the blazes. Only a few homes were being threatened.

Calmer and warmer weather was expected for the early part of the week for both states.

As the storm moved into Arizona on Saturday night, snow levels fell sharply and towns that see snow only a few times a year were covered in white. Prescott received 7 inches, and Cottonwood measured 3 inches.

Phoenix was hit with heavy rain, with many parts measuring a half-inch of precipitation.

In southern Arizona, the final round of the Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana was delayed by hail. Early Sunday, an inch-thick layer of snow covered the links.

Snow around Tucson closed the roadway leading to Mt. Lemmon, which received about 8 inches, according to the Weather Service. Flurries were reported as low as 2,200 feet, and parts of Tucson itself received measurable snow.

The rain and snow was expected to end by late Sunday, but extremely cold temperatures were expected overnight before the warm-up begins.