Valley rain ending overnight

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PHOENIX - The cold front that brought us the rainy and snowy day around Arizona on Monday is moving eastward across the state fairly quickly. As a result, expect showers to be ending in the metro Phoenix area overnight. Also, precipitation will taper off in the mountains of the state by Tuesday morning.

The rainfall numbers around Phoenix were not all that impressive but the rain came slow and steady and is usually referred to as “beneficial” because instead of running off down washes, into creeks and eventually somewhere downstream, the rainwater soaks in nicely. A lot of the experts think we may be setting up for a nice desert blooming this spring.

At Sky Harbor Airport, as of 5 p.m. Monday, only .06” of an inch of rain fell. That put our “official” Phoenix total for the year at just 3/4 of an inch of rain. That’s about one inch and two-thirds below normal so it has been a dry start for 2011.

Around the Valley, there were so slightly more impressive rainfall numbers. Here’s the top ten as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Goodyear                  .35”
North Scottsdale      .35”
Cave Creek               .31”
Rio Verde                  .31”
Peoria                        .24”

Buckeye                     .24”
Fountain Hills           .24”
Apache Junction       .24”
North Phoenix           .20”
Mesa                           .20”

After the rain ends, we’ll start warming up tomorrow and by Wednesday look for Valley highs in the mid-70s.