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Thursday rain weather forecast for Phoenix, Flagstaff Arizona

There was a chance of rain again in the Valley during the morning commute and afternoon drive home.

PHOENIX — Wednesday's sunny skies in metro Phoenix are expected to turn into showers and a chance of thunderstorms Thursday.

The Valley may see some showers during the morning commute and afternoon drive home. When it rains, temperatures stay in the 60s.

As the storm develops, it “could bring gusty winds, frequent lightning strikes, and locally heavy rain.” The Phoenix NWS secretariat revealed this on X.

Northern Arizona will experience rain showers on and off throughout the day. Snow levels are expected to be near 6,000 feet, with light amounts of rain and snow expected.

Snow accumulation will exceed 7,000 feet.

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Arizona has seen some pretty bad weather. Here is a collection of videos from various storms across the Grand Canyon State.

What is a valley?

Locals refer to the Phoenix metropolitan area as “The Valley.” It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest.

In addition to Phoenix, the Valley is made up of a variety of other major cities, including:

  • mesa

  • chandler

  • scottsdale

  • Tempe

  • glendale

  • surprise

  • Peoria

  • gilbert

  • El Mirage

  • Avondale

  • Litchfield Park

  • goodyear

  • buckeye

Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where the city is in relation to Phoenix.

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the total population of Valley cities is 4,845,832. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.

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