Pinpoint Weather: Widespread rain expected Saturday and Sunday, some storms may be severe, flooding is a concern

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The heat and humidity will continue on Saturday but the chance for us to see some widespread rain is much more likely late in the afternoon.  There will be a sunny start to Saturday then clouds arrive and our area will have a good chance to get some rain. The rain will be out ahead of a front Saturday and before the rain arrives the temps should get into the upper 80s to low 90s most locations east of the Foothills. The rain should linger into the night with more rain slated for Sunday.

The cold front will be slow to pass therefore the rain ahead of the front should be fairly consistent.  Flooding is a concern as the rain will be tapping into the moisture plume that has been moving in from the south and west and present for a few days now. The front will be the mechanism that will squeeze out the rain.  Prepare for the rain to be heavy at times. If you have any outdoor plans for the weekend, Saturday morning is probably the best time to get something done.  Isolated thunderstorms are possible with this event as well and the Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the region in the low-risk category for severe storms. The main issue will be the opportunity for gusty winds.

Sunday will be rainy as well and it will be a bit more likely that localized flooding will occur. The cumulative impact of the rain Saturday evening and overnight and the rain slated for Sunday should be enough to allow for minor flooding.  Keep an eye on the areas that usually get flooded out along with streets, creeks and streams that may be overrun quickly. There is an area of low pressure anchoring the cold front that on Sunday will aid in the rainy scenario.  This will bring in some cooler air from the northwest, but also some rain. Highs on Sunday will only reach the low 80s and upper 70s.

Monday looks to be the last of the rain for a couple of days as the wet pattern exits the region. Some lingering rain is likely on Monday so minor flooding is also still on the table. Temps will be similar to Sunday as the cooler air will be in place.

Don’t get too used to the warm weather, the hot weather is expected back on Tuesday and will linger the rest of the week.

Stay safe everyone.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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