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Tracking widespread showers by Wednesday morning


Some areas seeing rain as early as this evening

Clouds stuck around for this Tuesday keeping temperatures mild in the upper 60's. An area of low pressure is going to track west to east through Wednesday. It is a quick-moving storm system that is expected to bring widespread showers to the region. This area of low pressure will not be as strong or as cold as the area of low pressure that brought storms over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Snow will be limited to elevations above 7000 feet. Rain amounts for the desert will be below 0.5" with less rain expected farther east. Rain for the mountains will be higher, anywhere between 1-"3".

Rain is expected to be the most widespread during the morning hours. Right as most of us are heading to work, showers will be present throughout the region. Give extra time to head to your destination tomorrow and drive cautiously. Showers will taper off through the afternoon with clearing conditions by the evening.

Due to the already saturated soils from the Thanksgiving storm system. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch beginning 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bands of moderate to heavy rainfall will cause potential flooding for some areas. The more prone areas will be urban roadways, areas with poor drainage, and mountain slopes where the highest rain amounts will be. Mudslides and debris flow is also possible on mountains over and near burn scar areas.

Temperatures will remain cooler with a slow warm-up back to average by the weekend.

There is a slight chance of showers by the weekend. Another area of low pressure could bring light rain to the region. As of now, most activity looks to stay west of the mountains but we will continue to watch the next system heading closer into Saturday night and Sunday.

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Taban Sharifi

Taban Sharifi is a Meteorologist and Reporter with KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News & Weather Leader. Learn more about Taban here.


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