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Rain in California Heading to Arizona Next
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17 February 2017   Dr. Curtis James

A strong Pacific storm system, also known as an atmospheric river, is developing off the west coast of California. 

Breaking: Flash Flood Watch In Effect From Late Tonight Through Sunday Afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a: 

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of east central Arizona and west central Arizona, including the following areas, in east central Arizona, Northern Gila County. In west central Arizona, Yavapai County Mountains and Yavapai County Valleys and Basins.

* From late tonight through Sunday afternoon

* A wet storm system is forecast to bring moderate to heavy rainfall totals to areas along and south of the Mogollon Rim, especially along south facing slopes in Yavapai and northern Gila Counties.

* Expect elevated flow through creeks and streams, especially for locations below 5000 feet in southern Yavapai and northern Gila Counties. Areas along washes, small streams and drainages will be susceptible to flooding. In addition, low water crossings in the area will likely become impassable at times.


An initial wave of moisture is spreading across the region. Rain is expected to continue through Sunday. Snow levels may drop to 6000-7000 feet by Sunday morning. 

Windy conditions, with some gusts to 40+ mph possible.