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WEATHER OUTLOOK: Rain, thunderstorms and possible flooding -- what to watch for this week

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Posted at 9:26 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 22:49:39-04

It's a soggy week in Arizona!


We're in ABC15 Weather Action mode through Friday as rain and thunderstorms will continue to impact your daily plans and commutes.


A storm in the Pacific will be moving across our state through Friday. That's why rain chances will stick around through the end of the week.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop this evening and Friday.

Some of the stronger thunderstorms could become severe, producing hail, strong winds and heavy downpours that could lead to flash flooding, especially late tonight and tomorrow.

A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect across central and western Arizona, including the entire Phoenix Metro. This alert remains in effect through Friday evening.

We’ve already picked up around an inch of rain in the Valley this week and we could see an additional 1 to 1.5 inches of rain Thursday and Friday.

As much as 2 to 4 inches of rain is still possible for the higher terrain north and east of Phoenix by the end of the week.

Flooding is also already happening in the Tonto Basin area, making low-water crossings impassable. Any additional rain will only worsen the situation.

The Tonto Basin is now under a Flood Warning through Monday.

Remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and don't attempt to drive through flooded roads or washes.

Snow levels will drop to near 7,000 feet, bringing light snow to the high country by Friday morning.

Rain chances will begin to wind down Friday evening and the weekend looks mostly sunny and dry.