Phoenix weather: Cold temps coming after record rainfall


by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 7:56 AM

PHOENIX -- Monday was the fifth straight day of measurable rainfall in the Valley. The record is 10 straight days from Dec. 3-12 in 1926. The Last time we had 5 consecutive days of rain was Feb 17-24, 2005 -- that was actually an 8 day stretch.

A few lingering showers are possible around metro Phoenix Monday night and then we’ll see clearing skies and cooler temperatures.

Most Valley locations will be in the 30s the next couple of mornings. However, the rest of the week will feature somewhat warmer temperatures with highs returning to the 70s and staying there through next weekend.

Rainfall amounts were pretty impressive from the Saturday storm. We all heard about the 1.25 inches of rain at Sky Harbor Airport. Tucson International Airport got 0.71 inches of rain. Both broke previous records set on that date in 1985.

But Flagstaff came in with an impressive 2.5 inches of rain from the storm. Then the rain changed to snow and Flagstaff picked up a couple of inches as of 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Forest Lakes had the most new snow on the ground with 5 inches. Our major ski areas, Sunrise and Snowbowl, also reported 6 to 11 inches of snow with the possibility of a little more tonight.

Window Rock on the Navajo Nation got 3 inches of snow.

Major roadways in northern Arizona remained open Monday but were reported to be slick and slushy.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued two flood warnings for northeastern Maricopa County and Gila County.

In Gila County, the Tonto Basin crossings remain closed due to high water. About three to five feet of water is flowing over the crossings and authorities expect the crossings to remain closed for the next five to seven days.

Photos: Wet weekend around Arizona

The Associated Press contributed to this report