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Severe Weather Warning Issued As Dust Storm, Rain Descends On Phoenix, Tucson

Sarah Ventre/KJZZ
file | staff
A dust storm is spotted from the KJZZ offices on Aug. 9, 2016.

The National Weather Service is warning of heavy rain, dust, and localized flooding as multiple storm fronts move into the Valley today and tomorrow. A dust storm warning has been issued for the Phoenix Metro area.

Meteorologist Austin Jameson says two storm fronts including remnants of tropical storm Javier in the south, is adding to the probability of strong storms— “The moisture is going to interact with a low pressure system tracking mainly to the north. But the combination of those features is what’s going to bring a very active storm pattern beginning today.”

Much like last week’s storms, Jameson says some areas of the Valley can expect more than an inch of rain over the next two days. Some areas may only see about a tenth of an inch.

A flash flood warning goes into effect tonight at 5.

Meanwhile in Tucson, the National Weather Service says to seek higher ground. Beginning this morning, more than an inch-and-a-half to two-inches of rain has fallen in parts of the city leading to flooded roads and highways.

Meteorologist Ken Drews’ says what’s left of Tropical Depression Javier is helping to push this extra moisture into the area. “It’s still well to the South of us, of the coast of lower Baja and weakening. But, it’s certainly push that moisture up here into our area. And we’ll continue to get some surges of moisture come up here for the next day or two.”

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Tucson until noon today.

Katherine Fritcke was a morning producer at KJZZ from 2015 to 2017.