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New year, new weather: Phoenix welcomes 2017 with rain, chilly weather

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix area ushered in the new year with a unique type of weather for the Valley: Rain.

A cold front delivering rain and cold weather moved into the Valley on Sunday morning and continued well into Monday.

The entire metro area got rain on Monday, with some areas, like Chandler, seeing as much as five-and-a-half inches of rain. Most of the Valley got anywhere between two to four inches of rain on Monday.

The rain was a continuation from what the Valley saw on New Year’s Day. Rainfall totals at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport measured 0.20 of an inch on Sunday, while other parts of the Valley received anywhere from 0.10 of an inch to 0.70 of an inch.

In north Yuma County, heavy rain caused the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory on Sunday.

On Saturday, Phoenix closed out 2016 with a high of 63 degrees. With the high temperature, 2016 closed as the third warmest year on record for Phoenix while Yuma recorded the warmest year ever, according to the National Weather Service.

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