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Rain makes for soggy Christmas Day in Valley

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Posted: Thursday, December 25, 2008 4:15 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Christmas Day brought showers across much of the Valley, particularly hitting the eastern parts in the afternoon. By about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service had recorded between a quarter and a half-inch of rain in Mesa.

The rains subsided later in the afternoon.

More showers were expected Valleywide as a cold front approached from the northwest. A 70 percent chance of rain was expected overnight.

The area near the intersection of Loop 202 and Loop 101 got a half-inch of rain Thursday.

In Scottsdale, the Indian Bend Road at McKellips got more than one-third of an inch of rain. Rainfall was relatively less in Chandler, with one-tenth of an inch near Chandler Boulevard and Alma School Road, for instance.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport received about .15 inch of rainfall.

Meanwhile, a winter storm warning is in effect for much of northern Arizona until 4 p.m. Friday for elevations above 6,000 feet. This includes Flagstaff and the area around the Mogollan Rim. A winter storm warning is also in effect for southeastern Arizona for areas above 6,000 feet through 5 a.m. Friday.

Northern Arizona was chilly after the first storm arrived Christmas Eve. According to the National Weather Service, several inches of snow fell in areas above 6,000 feet. Another storm was expected through Friday. Up to 3 inches of snow could fall in southern Gila County above 3,500 feet. Several inches are expected in the Globe and Miami area. Meteorologists in Tucson say the storm will bring heavy snow to areas above 5,000 feet through Friday afternoon. Travel in the state's higher elevations is discouraged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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