Mar 1, 2014 2:50 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - A 70-day streak without any precipitation in the Phoenix area has finally been broken.
Residents of Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs were greeted Saturday morning by gray skies and showers.
The National Weather Service says a storm system originally expected to bring rain by Friday evening started just after midnight.
Valerie Meyers, a meteorologist, says about a quarter-inch of rain has fallen so far and more would come off and on throughout the day.
The weather has put a damper on several planned weekend events throughout Phoenix.
Officials cancelled the 4th Annual Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras parade scheduled for 4 p.m.
But a marathon race through Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe ran as scheduled.
Other parts of the state, including Flagstaff and Yuma, have also been hit by rain.