FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Monsoon storms finally broke through early Tuesday morning as much-anticipated rain hit the East Valley in areas like Phoenix, Fountain Hills and northeast Mesa.

Storms began popping up in the far East Valley around 2:30 a.m., mostly sticking to the higher terrain of Fountain Hills and northeast Mesa area.

By 5 a.m., spotty showers began in central Phoenix, but the stronger storms stuck to the northeast.

[WATCH: Monsoon storms hitting Fountain Hills area]

The National Weather Service reported lightning strikes north of Tortilla Flat around 3:20 a.m. as storms began to develop. They said brief heavy downpours up to 1” and gusty winds are possible.

A Flood Advisory was issued for running washes and minor flooding of low-lying areas in the Lake Roosevelt area until 7:15 a.m. and Carefree area until 8:30 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning was issued around 5:30 a.m. for Gila County, near Tonto Basin, until 9:30 a.m.

It’s expected to be a wet commute for parts of Phoenix with a 50% chance of storms throughout the morning hours.

[HOW MUCH?: Check rainfall totals for your neighborhood]

Phoenix is expected to receive between .1” to .25” inches of rain with more possible depending on potential thunderstorm activity.

With the low pressure coming to Phoenix, area temperatures will cool to a nice 95 degrees on Tuesday and 94 on Wednesday before it heats back up.

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There’s a continued slight chance of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning before drier weather returns.

 


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