Valley residents can expect steady rain with cool temperatures through Wednesday, and then a short dry spell before rain possibly returns Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
The Valley could receive as much as one and a half inches of rain from a "pretty good-sized" winter storm front moving across Arizona from the coast of southern California, meteorologist Paul Iniguez said.
"This is not unusual this time of year," Iniguez said. "There's an energy in front of the storm front which is saturating the atmosphere and causing a light to moderate rainfall. This time of year, everything is going to come from the west or the northwest. This rain is going to wind up pretty fast. By the time people wake up on Wednesday morning, the rain should be winding down."
During the extended rainfall, temperatures will remain cooler with highs into the lows 50s throughout the day with lows into the upper 30s and low 40s overnight which will be throughout the East Valley, Iniguez said.
"This won't be a high-intensity rain, but will just be extended over a period of the next two days," Iniguez said. "It won't cause any major flooding, but will be more of a nuisance-type rain. There will be some extra water in area washes as well as on the road, and we can expect to see more of it by the weekend."
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