Wet weather tracks into Arizona

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The Valley of the Sun wasn’t so sunny early Thursday as rain drenched roadways across the Phoenix metro area during the morning commute. By Mike Gertzman The Valley of the Sun wasn’t so sunny early Thursday as rain drenched roadways across the Phoenix metro area during the morning commute. By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The Valley of the Sun wasn’t so sunny early Thursday as rain drenched roadways across the Phoenix metro area during the morning commute.

Subtropical moisture pumping into Arizona from the southwest, combined with an upper level disturbance, brought many Valley communities more than a half inch of rain within 24 hours.

According to rain sensors monitored by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, Mesa and Tempe received .63" by 10 a.m. Scottsdale received .51", while Chandler saw .87". In the West Valley, Glendale and El Mirage got .79", while Surprise received .87". Downtown Phoenix recorded .39".

In the Valley, the rain is forecast to end by late Thursday morning, with clearing during the afternoon hours.

The High Country is forecast to hold onto the rain throughout Thursday before drying overnight. No snow is expected except across the highest peaks because this system is so warm.

Another fetch of clouds is expected to track through Arizona Friday morning before another weaker system moves through the state on Saturday. Rain will be mainly confined to the High Country, with a slight chance of showers for the Valley.

Otherwise, look for a high of around 70 Thursday afternoon in Phoenix, with a low of 54 under partly cloudy skies.

Friday will be warmer with highs in the low 70s and partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Saturday, Valley highs will remain warmer than average for this time of the year, topping out in the low 70s.