Valley hit by more rain, thunderstorms as monsoon season continues
PHOENIX — Rain fell across the metro Phoenix area Wednesday night, carrying on one of the better monsoon seasons in Arizona’s recent history.
As much as .43 inches of rain had fallen near Phoenix by 8:40 p.m., according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District rain gauges.
Areas in east Mesa received .39 inches, while Glendale and Peoria received at least .24 inches.
More rain and thunderstorms continued to develop as a gust front continued to move toward the south.
8:05 PM Update: Moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms continue to develop as an outflow boundary continues to progress toward the south. Localized amounts upwards of 0.50-0.75” have occurred with these in Phoenix. #azwx pic.twitter.com/SKxdo3O02y
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) September 2, 2021
Drivers are advised not to cross a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look as deep because a few inches of running water could still pose a serious risk.
It's slick in many spots out there (throughout the state, that is); please slow down on wet pavement to avoid spinouts and crashes.
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 2, 2021
The Arizona Department of Transportation also warns people to not drive around road-closed signs, as it is not only a risk but violators could be cited under state law.
People are advised to reduce speed and maintain a safe distance between vehicles during storms, avoid sudden braking that can cause sliding on wet pavement, as well as reducing speed by slowly taking your foot off the gas pedal and braking slowly.