First Alert Weather Day: Arizonans wake up to rain across the Valley

AZFAMILY | First Alert Weather Update for 6 a.m. Saturday 11/18/23
Published: Nov. 18, 2023 at 7:11 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2023 at 10:20 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Happy Saturday, everyone! It was nice to wake up to rain in some parts of our state!

According to Arizona’s Family rainfall totals page, Surprise and Peoria received over an inch of rain, while parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Cave Creek and Waddell got nearly an inch. To see how much fell near you, click or tap here.

The low-pressure system that has been off the coast of California has finally brought the rain. We have a First Alert Day for Saturday because of this change in weather. On Thursday, Sky Harbor, the official rain gauge for Phoenix, picked up 0.09″ of rain, but before that, we hadn’t gotten measurable rain since September 12.

Saturday morning, widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms were the case, with lingering showers possible east of Phoenix in the afternoon. Most of the rainfall was between 5 and 10 a.m. this morning across south-central Arizona. Then, the activity looks to move eastward later in the morning.

Some models are hinting at around a quarter of an inch of rain in Phoenix possible. Areas northeast of Phoenix could see more rain, but the threat of flooding is still low. High temperatures are expected near 77 degrees on Saturday and cooling a few degrees on Sunday. Another system will pass through the state Sunday, bringing additional rain chances to the high terrain and kicking up the wind Sunday afternoon into Monday.


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