Parts of Valley sees light showers, more chances of rain this weekend
PHOENIX — As monsoon season wraps up, parts of the Valley received some rain Friday evening heading into the weekend.
As much as .08 inches fell in portions of Peoria and areas in south Tempe got about .04 inches of rain, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District rain gauges.
Areas in Deer Valley and north Phoenix also got around .04 inches of rain, as well as parts of the East Valley in Mesa.
Storms were drifting northwest in the Valley by around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as tropical moisture continued to stretch through Mexico and into Arizona.
Can you spot the low pressure circulation driving our cooler and wetter weather in this GOES infrared satellite image?
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) September 25, 2021
Rain and thunderstorm chances are expected to increase to about 60-to-80 percent Saturday evening through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Nearly all of the Valley over the past seven days has received at least .04 inches of rain with areas in Mesa seeing as much as .91 inches.
This monsoon season has brought at least 20 days of more than .01 inches of rain in Phoenix, marking it the fourth-best since record keeping began in 1896, according to the National Weather Service.
Over 3.88 inches of rain has been documented during the season, which starts annually on June 15 and ends Sept. 30.
Drivers are advised not to cross a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep because a few inches of running water could still pose a serious risk.
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.