First Alert Weather Day: Rain showers possible around the Valley, flash flooding in Flagstaff
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Storms packing heavy rainfall are starting to pop around northern and central Arizona, and a strong cell is causing dangerous driving conditions on the north end of the Valley.
Arizona’s Family First Alert weather team was monitoring strong rain coming down near I-17 and Carefree Highway (SR-74) on the north end of town. A Flash Flood Warning was also issued for areas just south of Anthem. Valley showers came less than an hour after sporadic showers began to develop around Coconino County. Areas close to Flagstaff in the Museum Fire burn scar were placed under a shelter-in-place order as flash flooding was expected. Those neighborhoods include Mt. Elden Estates, Paradise, Grandview, and Sunnyside. Another band of showers can be seen heading west from eastern Arizona that could provide quite the punch later in the evening.
Because there is so much moisture in the atmosphere, the chance for showers and thunderstorms continues throughout the afternoon and evening tonight. The possibility of flash flooding is still high. Our First Alert Days will continue now through Friday morning as the National Weather Service has extended the Flood Watch through 5 a.m. Friday. A big concern is in Flagstaff near the burn scar areas where flash flooding has already been reported. Severe thunderstorms in the high country are bringing heavy rain and are leading to flooding. As far as temperatures go, we are much cooler than normal for this time of the year. Daytime high temps will be just shy of 100 degrees in the valley over the next few days into the weekend.
As for the Valley, check out this radar to see what’s expected to roll in over the next 12 hours:
Arizona’s Family News Chopper is covering weather in the Valley and a team is on the ground in Flagstaff. Stay with the First Alert Weather team for updates.
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