Soggy morning in the Valley, showers off and on throughout the morningPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Most of the Valley woke up to a soggy morning, and those showers were expected to continue off and on throughout the morning.
It's a relatively cold storm that's moving through the state. While we topped out in the low 80s yesterday, we're looking at a high of only 69 today.
The showers are expected to clear up by this afternoon, but it likely will remain fairly cloudy. Some areas were also seeing some significant wind gusts.
While most the heaviest showers occurred in the very early morning hours -- at 2:30 a.m. -- some heavier rainfall was making its way through Central Phoenix at about 6 a.m.
As of 8 a.m., South Phoenix had more than an inch of rain. Tempe had .67 inch.
Overall, however, the rain was mostly relatively light. Roads were slick throughout the Valley, but not enough rain came down to cause any real flooding or make the washes an issue.
An Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory was issued for some parts of southeastern Maricopa County, include Ahwatukee, Temoe, Mesa, Gilbert, Gila Bend and Chandler, because minor flooding was a possibility in poor drainage areas. Also included was southwest Maricopa County and northwestern Pinal County, including Superior, Florence Junction, Casa Grande and Apache Junction. That advisory was set to expire at 10 a.m.
The front that brought this rain was expected to move completely out of the state by Thursday. Plan on a cloud Wednesday with a high of 76 degrees. We should be back in the low 80s by Thursday. It looks like it will be sunny and nice through the weekend and into early next week. That's a bit above the seasonal average.
Long-range forecast models show we could be in for another storm -- possibly a good-size one -- by next Wednesday.