Phoenix weather: Simon brings heavy rain threat

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Thickening cloud cover made for a stunning sunrise to begin the day Tuesday.  The clouds are streaming into the state from the Baja Peninsula and Northern Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Simon.  Although the storm will likely be downgraded today to a remnant low, it will still push abundant moisture into Arizona.

Showers began Tuesday morning in the southwest corner of the state in spots like Yuma and were expected to spread across the state throughout the day.  Thunderstorms and locally heavy rain are also possible.  Rain chances are highest tonight and during the day Wednesday, and there is a chance for localized flooding. 

There is a slight chance of rain on Thursday before the storm completely moves out and is replaced by drier and warmer weather Friday and into the weekend.  In the meantime, look for below-average high temperatures in the 80s between now and Friday.

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