Tale of two Ariz. weather stories: dry west, stormy east

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Pockets of drenching rain, lightning and gusty winds were felt across the eastern half of Arizona Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, it was hard to find much cloud cover across the west.

This weather pattern is not expected to change headed into the weekend. Monsoon moisture continues to pump into the eastern half of the state, while a dry air mass from the southwest grabs hold of the west. Those who have the best chance of seeing storm activity will be east of central Phoenix where dew points and instability are higher.

Friday night, storm activity is expected to dissipate. Low temperatures in the Valley will dip to the upper 80s and low 90s under partly cloudy skies.

Saturday in the Valley should be mostly sunny with a high of 107. There is a threat of afternoon and evening blowing dust once again, along with a smaller threat of a stray thunderstorm.

Conditions will be comparable moving into Sunday. Look for an overnight low in the Valley in the upper 80s with highs around 108.