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Heavy snow in the mountains this morning and flakes flew in some lower elevations too

Posted at 5:16 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 19:16:32-05

TUCSON, Ariz.  — The snow dumped heavily on the mountains this morning and flirted with some lower elevations as well.

Many people woke to flurries or a rain-snow mix. An inch and a half fell in Oracle.

´This is not supposed to happen here,” said Mail Service Delivery Driver Megan Payne.

It didn't last long. The blanket of white quickly turned into drippy, melty slush.

“Bunch of lakes and mud,” said Payne. “The rural carriers, UPS, and everybody will be trucking through the mud today.”

Mail Service driver Megan Payne says the snow and the melt-off is only half the headache. Temperatures will drop tonight and the moisture on the road could freeze over.

“Here we have cactus, dirt and shrubs, our terrain is really not equipped for it. It doesn't absorb the water it runs it turns to ice it gets dangerous.”

So while some people like the way it looks.

“It was very pretty,” said Juanita Salis.

And others enjoy the change of pace.

“It’s different because it is usually the hottest place on earth,” said Roy Rodriguez. “It is usually tank tops and flip flops.”

For the people who have to salt their parking lots and the people who drive for work; they would probably be happier if the snow would stay in the mountains.

“I walked in this morning and the clerks inside the post office were like it is so pretty it snowed, and we say profanities, because this is what happens,” said Payne.

A hard freeze is expected in many areas overnight into Thursday morning.