Storms expected through the weekend

Posted: Updated:
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- After a day of drenching rain, from the High Country to the Valley, storms are expected to reignite Friday and Saturday across the state.

Deep monsoon moisture helped trigger flooding rains during the lunch hour Thursday in Coconino County. East Flagstaff recorded two and a half inches of rain from a single thunderstorm that would not quit.

Earlier in the day, the Valley awoke to a swath of rain as it moved from the northeast to the southwest. Sky Harbor Airport reported three-quarters of an inch of rain within a few hours.

Then during the Thursday commute, dust kicked up across the southeast Valley, along with light rain and gusty winds.

Storms are expected to bubble up once again Friday, with the best chance of storms during the afternoon hours. In the Valley, the main threats from these storms will be damaging winds, blowing dust, flash flooding from heavy rain and dangerous lightning. In the mountains, flooding, strong winds and hail are possible.

Storm chances are expected to remain on the higher side through Saturday afternoon before a drier and more stable air mass moves in from the southwest. This will help drop storm chances from the forecast and allow temperatures to heat up.