Rain starts to soak Valley; more wet weather to come

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The Valley has been on storm watch, and Thursday evening, the promised rain began to fall.

Spotty showers were reported in many part of town, including the East Valley. Heavier rains were reported in outlying areas.

We're just in the early stages, but his storm system  is shaping up to be the wettest storm for metro Phoenix this year. And more wet weather is on the way.

We could see up to two inches of rain across the Valley by early morning Saturday. Some areas of the Valley, especially northern and eastern portions, could see even more rain than that.

Rain stays in the forecast through Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be even cooler, making for a damp and chilly pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

But some folks say they welcome the wet weather.  "I don't know if we can get enough rain out here," said one East Valley resident.

"I'm ready for rain," says another. "Everything needs to be washed nice and clean; get us ready for the holidays."

Crews at ADOT is keeping a close eye on the forecast, and have called in extra staff at the Traffic Operations Center.

And ADOT spokesman Garin Groff told 3TV that there are 450 trained snowplow drivers who are ready to clear the streets from snow up north. "They'll even be out there patrolling before the snow hits," Groff said.