Severe weather may be lining up for run at Phoenix area Tuesday
PHOENIX – Some form of severe weather could pound metro Phoenix on Tuesday and forecasters aren’t ruling out anything, including tornadoes and hail for outlying regions.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix said a storm with the possibility of strong winds could blow through starting in the afternoon and lasting through early evening, with the chances of rain at 40% between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Winds could reach 60 mph and 1-inch hail could drop down, weather bureau meteorologist Marvin Percha told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
“There’s a bit of uncertainly where, exactly, the storm will be, but there’s a decent chance we’ll see some sort of severe storm activity here in the Valley this afternoon,” he said.
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Neighboring areas are more likely to get hurt worse from the storm system.
“We can’t rule out one or two funnels … in the extreme northern part [of Maricopa County] and probably up in places like Yavapai County,” Percha said.
Rainfall was expected to be light, for the most part, Percha said, although higher terrain to the east of the Valley could have to deal with up to an inch.
Localized flooding is a threat in those places affected by burn scars from wildfires. The Telegraph Fire burned nearly 181,000 acres near Superior earlier this year.
With the monsoon season finished, the storm coming through was “what we call day-to-day weather,” Percha said with a laugh.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.