Phoenix weather: Wet and stormy Tuesday

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Valley residents fell asleep to the rumble of thunder and awoke to the smell of desert rain. Rainfall totals from last night and this morning total between a few hundredths of an inch downtown to about 0.25 to 0.33 of an inch in spots like Scottsdale, Tempe and Glendale. 

Several rounds of showers moved into the Valley from the south during the morning hours, making for a slow commute for drivers. The afternoon commute could be just as slow with more rain in the forecast.
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A low-pressure system moving through the state is working with abundant atmospheric moisture to produce a chance of showers, with the potential for flooding. 

Much of the state is under a flash flood watch today.  For the Valley, that watch doesn't expire until midnight tonight, meaning there is the potential for flash flooding with rainfall amounts between 0.5 inch and 1 inch.  A few isolated spots could see even more. 

Temperatures will struggle to top out in the 80s under mostly cloudy skies.  Storm chances continue into tonight and showers should eventually end from west to east across Arizona. 

Look for partly sunny skies tomorrow with highs back in the mid 90s.  We could even see some triple digits with more sunshine by the weekend. 

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