Tuesday, February 27

Flagstaff could endure sustained rains, flash flooding this week

Homeowners place sandbags in front of their Flagstaff homes in preparation for a week full of monsoon storms on July 25, 2022.

The Flagstaff area, along with much of northern Arizona, is likely going to experience a wide range of monsoon activity in the coming days. 

The rain that started to fall in Flagstaff mid-afternoon Monday could taper off before the end of the night but it could also carry through to the next morning and then throughout the day Tuesday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Paige Swenson. 

When the rain suddenly intensified, the National Weather Service and Coconino County declared a flash flood warning at 3:20 p.m. extending at least until 6:15 p.m.

In less than two hours Monday, areas in south Flagstaff and around Northern Arizona University received between one and three quarters of an inch of rain. This caused temporary flooding of a busy stretch of Milton Road and Route 66 which forced traffic to slow to a crawl as cars made their way through the water-filled roadways.

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