Storm fills up Valley rain gauges; snow blankets FlagstaffPosted: Updated:
Valley rain showers and high country snow will hang around Arizona through Sunday before the storm system responsible exits to the northeast by Monday.
Flash Flood Watches for Greater Phoenix, Yavapai and Gila Counties have been canceled. Still, expect some minor urban flooding and flowing washes in the Valley.
Storm totals as of early Sunday morning range from around .75" in Phoenix, to .25" in East Mesa, to 1.25" in Cave Creek.
"These showers have shown eastward progression over the past several hours and expect the bulk of this rain to continue to slide to the east through early afternoon," National Weather Service meteorologists said in their morning weather discussion.
Showers around the Valley will decrease throughout Sunday, before wrapping up by this evening. An additional .25" of rain is possible. Daytime highs will only reach the upper 50s and low 60s.
In the high country, the National Weather Service of Flagstaff reports snow showers started around 12 a.m. Sunday, with less than an inch accumulating through 5 a.m.
Snow levels will range from 6,000 to 7,000 ft.
Meteorologists measured 1.7 inches of snow at the Flagstaff airport. Additional snowfall totals until Sunday evening of 1" will be possible in Flagstaff, 2" to 3" in Forest Lakes and less than 1" in Show Low.
Winter Weather Advisories continue above 6,000 ft for the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains until 5 p.m. Sunday, but the National Weather Service may actually cancel the advisories earlier as snow showers taper off. Until then, expect icy roads in these areas.
RAIN ENDING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Northwest of Sacramento, nearly 200 people were evacuated Saturday as overflowing creeks turned the town of Maxwell into a brown pond, with some homes getting 2 feet of water.
Fire Chief Kenny Cohen said nearly 100 homes and the elementary school filled with a couple inches of water before the water began receding. The area received about 3 inches of rain as of Saturday morning.
No injuries were reported.
Southern California appeared to dodge any major disasters, but in the desert town of Victorville, several cars were washed down a flooded street, and one man was found dead in a submerged vehicle after others were rescued, San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said.
And in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, a man was electrocuted when a tree falling in heavy rain downed power lines that hit his car.
On Saturday, searchers found the body of a man in his 20s who was swept down a rain-swollen gully in Thousand Oaks a day earlier.
STORMS RETURN TO AZ NEXT WEEKEND
The low-pressure system will be out of Arizona Monday. Low clouds and fog may develop in the mountains, but sunshine will return to the Valley. Metro Phoenix morning lows will start off in the upper 50s and warm to the upper 60s during the afternoon.
High pressure will strengthen across the area Tuesday and Wednesday, keeping sunshine around and forcing daytime highs around the Valley to climb to the upper 70s.
Another storm system will drag a cold front into Arizona Thursday and Friday, but no rain is expected in the Valley, with only a slight chance of showers in the high country. Temperatures will take a tumble though, with Valley highs back down to the upper 60s these days.
Forecast models indicate another storm will approach Arizona by next Sunday.
Most spots in PHX area received between 0.5-1 inch overall thru 3 AM. Sky Harbor at 0.74". See latest totals here: https://t.co/g0Bb0e7lSu— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) February 19, 2017
It's snowing in the high country this morning. 0.8" measured in Bellemont with 1.7" at Flagstaff Airport. Winter driving above 6000'. #azwx— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 19, 2017
Mt. Lemmon is accessible to those with chains or 4x4. All others will be turned away at MP 0.— Pima County Sheriff (@PimaSheriff) February 18, 2017
Mt. Lemmon @ Summerhaven reports 6-8 in of snow since late yesterday, still snowing. Some more expected, Winter Storm warning remains. #azwx— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) February 19, 2017
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