PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- After a long dry spell, multi-day storms brought relief to the Phoenix area, but have caused some traffic havoc. Storms on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused roads to flood in low-lying areas and more is expected Thursday.

We were warned. Mother Nature did what was expected and let the rain come down. It's been almost two months since we have seen rain in Phoenix. Now, the rain is here, with periodic showers expected through Thursday in Arizona.

[WATCH: Phoenix area hit with heavy rain Wednesday morning]

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In the last 270 days, we haven't seen as much rain as we did Tuesday. Phoenix could pick up 1-2 inches of rain by late Thursday. The mountains could see 3-4 inches of rain in the same time frame. 

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[PHOTOS: November storm brings rain, dust to Phoenix]

Tuesday storms

By early Tuesday afternoon, heavy clouds and dust covered the Tempe area, making it tough to see the ASU campus and Tempe Town Lake area.

[WATCH: The view from the Arizona's Family News Chopper]

[VIDEO: DPS explains how to stay safe on slick roads in Phoenix area]

The rain eased by Tuesday evening, but we did see a smattering of raindrops from our cameras in the Arizona's Family News Chopper.

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The winds were stirring up big clouds of dust. Sky Harbor reported wind gusts around 40 mph.

[HOW MUCH: Check latest rainfall totals here]

Wednesday storms

Two walls of storms moved into the Phoenix area Wednesday morning.

Rain poured down in the far East Valley early in the morning. Areas like Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Tortilla Flat saw heavy rainfall and the National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory until 6:45 a.m.

[WATCH: Rain slicks roads for Wednesday morning commute in Phoenix]

After that storm passed, another wall of rain moved into the West Valley during the morning commute. Phoenix Sky Harbor picked up an additional .03" of rain by 7 a.m. and a Flood Advisory was issued for areas like Surprise, Peoria and Goodyear.

[WATCH: Drivers take their chances going through flooded roads in far north Phoenix]

Scattered showers moved through the Phoenix area during the afternoon. Parts of the West Valley saw pockets of hard rain. Several trees were knocked down in the area of 99th Avenue and Thomas Road.

[RELATED: Weather-related outages force classes to be canceled at 3 Glendale schools]

Schools and businesses closed and postponed events due to weather conditions. The Tempe holiday park World of Illumination canceled Wednesday night's festivities due to Mother Nature not cooperating.

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All the wet weather and heavy traffic causes potholes in some areas, DPS said. Crews were at Interstate 17 and Pioneer Road making initial repairs.

[RELATED: Check the latest forecast from Arizona's Weather Authority]

[WATCH: Apache Junction residents ready for flooding]

Snow in the High Country

We saw the first significant snowfall of the season! The snow was expected to come down Thursday in places like Flagstaff, the White Mountains and Sky Islands. However, it came early in Flagstaff Wednesday night. In the high country, a Winter Weather Advisory started Wednesday night and continues into Thursday evening. The Flagstaff area could see around 3 to 6 inches of snow while the White Mountains could get 8 to 12 inches. 

[VIDEO: Storms bring first significant snowfall to Flagstaff]

The Flagstaff Unified School District said schools are operating as normal despite the weather. The Blue Ridge Unified School District is on a 2-hour delay.

[WATCH: Snow starts to fall in Flagstaff]

 


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