Photos: Rain, hail in Flagstaff

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The monsoon continues to show some promising signs of returning to Arizona.

A series of thunderstorms rolled through Flagstaff early Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain and loads of pea-sized hail.

Several streets were flooded and areas were blanketed with hail that resembled snow.

Doppler radar indicated up to 2 inches of rain may have fallen around the Flagstaff area. The heaviest storms were along the Interstate 40 corridor west of Flagstaff to Ashfork and Seligman. There were also clusters of storms around Mormon Lake, southeast of Flagstaff, and near Chino Valley and Perkinsville.

As far as official rain gauge reports, Williams has had about two-thirds of an inch and Seligman has had about a half an inch. Greer in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona is reporting about two-tenths of an inch of rain so far today.

With all the clouds and high humidity, not much convective activity has been evident for the Phoenix metro area. However, overnight into Friday we expect the atmosphere to get even more favorable for the development of desert thunderstorms, bringing us chances of rain each day through Sunday of about 30 percent.

Valley temperatures are also going to be significantly lower this weekend compared to the last couple of weekends. We're looking for highs ranging from the upper 90s to about 104 degrees. That's below normal for this time of year. Even next week when we'll see a bit of a drying trend. We aren't looking at the kinds of record temps that just ended for Phoenix.

Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith said a tree on Mount Elden was struck by lightning at about 1:15 p.m. The tree caught fire and smoke was visible to Flagstaff residents. Crews responded and confined the fire.

Calvin Johnson from Leupp, Ariz., captured the following video of the flooding on Route 66 and Ponderosa Parkway.