Storms expected to ramp up across Ariz.

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by Kim Quintero

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azfamily.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 10:45 AM

PHOENIX -- After a brief break, monsoon moisture is starting to filter into Arizona , which means stormy weather for some parts of the state.

Wednesday afternoon, water vapor imagery showed a moisture plume shifting into the state from the southeast. Storms developed across the White Mountains, Southeast Arizona and the Mogollon Rim. A few sprinkles were even reported in Peoria, Surprise and Glendale.

Any storms that develop across southeastern Arizona during the evening hours have the potential to kick up dust across I-10 and into the Valley. Otherwise, the Valley should stay dry Wednesday night under partly cloudy skies and low temperatures in the upper 80s.

Thursday, storms are expected to become more widespread, with the potential for activity to move into the Valley. The main threats from these storms will be gusty winds, flash flooding and dangerous lightning. Otherwise, look for partly cloudy skies in the Valley. We’re forecasting a high of 107 in Phoenix with higher humidity.

Friday, expect a repeat performance of storm activity, with afternoon high temperatures dropping a couple of degrees. Storm chances will continue into Saturday. Sunday and into the start of the next work week should be dry as a drier air mass moves in again.

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