Winter storm brings much needed rain to Arizona

In Arizona, a series of weather alerts has prompted heightened concern across the region, with a Flood Watch specifically issued for the Valley due to anticipated rainfall throughout the approaching weekend.

This Flood Watch remains in effect for the Phoenix area until 6 a.m. on December 23rd. The National Weather Service has emphasized the potential for heavy rain and thunderstorms in southern California and southern Arizona, raising the risk of flash flooding and mud or debris flows. Additionally, gusty winds are expected, along with snowfall projected above 7000 feet in the mountains.

Forecasts are anticipating the impact of a winter storm, predicting snowfall in Arizona’s high country. The NWS office in Flagstaff welcomed Winter 2023, noting the imminent weather changes. They forecasted rain and snowfall starting early Friday and persisting until at least Saturday. While most areas are set for rainfall, higher elevations are poised to transition to snowfall by Friday night.

As these weather patterns evolve, residents are urged to stay updated on alerts and advisories, ensuring preparedness for potential flooding, snow, and adverse conditions across affected areas in Arizona.

Southern Arizona is under a Winter Weather Advisory through Saturday evening. The NWS in Tucson detailed ongoing rain throughout most of SE Arizona, continuing into the following morning. Some regions have already experienced 0.10-0.30 inches of rain along the international border and in western/central Pima county, signaling the persistence of wet weather conditions.

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