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Southwest pounded by heavy rain

3:00 P.M. ET 2/11/2005


Tom Moore, Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Over four inches of rain had inundated parts of the San Bernardino Mountains near Los Angeles by late Friday. The Los Angeles area itself picked up from one to over two inches. Rain will wind down overnight. meanwhile, rivers in Arizona, like the Agua Fria will spill way over their banks by early Saturday. Anyone traveling from the Phoenix area up toward Prescott and Flagstaff will have to prepare for flooding. Melting snow in the mountains will make matters even worse.


By the time this event has ended by Saturday night, favored mountain locations should measure at least 4 inches of storm-total rainfall. Urban areas such as the Phoenix and Vegas Valleys could pick up from 1-2 inches. L.A. Basin locations may measure up to 3 inches. Since snow levels will hover around 8000 feet, runoff from any snow that melts around this level will only add to rising river levels. Of particular concern in Arizona are Tonto Creek and Cave Creek, the Agua Fria River, along with the Santa Clara River in southern Utah, which flooded in early January, swallowing some homes in St. George, Utah. Freeze warnings are in effect Saturday morning for parts of northern, central, and interior south Florida. Overnight lows should dip into the 30s as far south as the Everglades. Low 40s are likely in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach by the pre-dawn hours Saturday. The Keys will fall to the low to mid 50s.

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