Monster winter storm takes aim at Arizona; expect heavy rain, strong winds, lots of snow

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by April Warnecke

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Posted on January 21, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 14 at 2:29 PM

Rain showers began overnight in Valley, and should continue off and on through morning, becoming heavier throughout day. Heaviest rain expected between about 2 p.m. and midnight tonight, but showers likely throughout most of Friday as well. Between 1 and 3 inches are still expected across Valley, with biggest concerns from this storm being heavy (potentially RECORD) rain and the strong winds.

Winds will really pick up this afternoon, probably just after lunchtime and continue into this evening.

*Valley is under a Flash Flood Watch from 6 a.m. this morning until 5 p.m. tomorrow

*Valley is under a High Wind Warning from 9 a.m. today until midnight tonight

Areas very likely to flood: Oak Creek at Sedona, Cornville, Clarkdale, Granite Creek below Prescott and Agua Fria near Black Canyon City. Agua Fria is expected to reach about 27 feet and flood stage is 18 feet.

For snow: 8-9 inches is what fell in Flagstaff overnight. Between last night and Saturday, we could get up to 40 inches in town and higher elevations (above 7,500 feet), 60-70 inches are possible. Flagstaff is under a Winter Storm Warning until midnight Friday night.

For flooding in high country, probably going to be more of a threat later today, because snow levels are still expected to rise later this afternoon, then drop overnight. This is when rain will fall on top of the snow that's been falling and create potential flooding.

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