Valley to dry out, but avalanches possible in mountains

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(Source: Arizona Snowbowl) (Source: Arizona Snowbowl)

Ol' Sol should return to the Valley of the Sun by midday Monday, but the wet weekend weather that brought as much as 2 inches of rain in the Valley has also spawned avalanche warnings in Arizona's high country.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office cautioned skiers and others in the northern Arizona backcountry to be alert for potential avalanches in the San Francisco Peaks through Tuesday.

Arizona Snowbowl reported 11 inches of new snow since Sunday and windy conditions increased the avalanche potential, according to the sheriff's office. Nearly 3 feet of snow has fallen at the ski area in the last week.

The office said no avalanche control is conducted outside of the ski area.

Out-of-bounds skiers and others using the backcountry are advised to carry avalanche rescue gear such as a beacon, probe, shovel and winter survival gear.

The last of the rain showers will leave about midday Monday and the Valley will be dry through at least Saturday.

Since Friday, Valley rain totals averaged between 1.25 and 2 inches. There was measurable rain for the past four straight days.

The rain will be replaced by cooler and windy weather the rest of Monday. Winds could be as high as 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday morning will be chilly, but widespread freezing temps are not expected.

The Valley will warm back into the 70s for the second half of the week.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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