SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) - An unusual overnight storm brought a deluge of hail to areas of southeastern Arizona.
The National Weather Service in Tucson reports that at least 2.3 inches of rain and hail measuring between 1 and 2.5 inches in diameter hit Safford late Saturday.
Residents shared photos on social media of holding hail in their palms or alongside a ruler.
Many woke up to find the golf ball-sized hail blanketing the ground.
Meteorologist Gary Zell says there were other storms that also brought pea-sized hail to Tucson on Saturday.
But Safford bore the most severe impact in terms of precipitation.
Zell says the storm was caused by a low pressure air system pulling moisture back into the region.
The storm system has since moved eastward to New Mexico.
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