Rain returns overnight after a dry day
PHOENIX – Although no rain was expected during the daytime hours Friday, weather disrupted WM Phoenix Open activities for the third straight day.
Additionally, metro Phoenix has a strong chance of seeing more rain starting late Friday or early Saturday, which could create more problems for the annual PGA Tour event in the Valley.
The second day of the professional golf tournament was scheduled to begin at 7:20 a.m. Friday, but the start was postponed several times due to frost at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Play officially began at 9:13 a.m
The competition was already behind schedule after a 3.5-hour rain delay on Thursday afternoon prevented the first round from being completed before play was suspended due to darkness at 6:10 p.m.
When will it rain again in the valley?
Although it is unclear whether there will be enough daylight to finish the first round and complete the entirety of the second round on Friday, the weather is not expected to be an issue after the morning thaw.
“We have mostly clear skies… for most of the day today we should see at least some sun, but it will be very cold with temperatures in the mid/upper 50s,” said Chris Coleman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. . , Tell KTAR News 92.3 FM On Friday morning.
Coleman said the next round of rain is expected to start at midnight until 3 a.m.
“It’s going to be fairly continuous for a few hours, and then during the morning hours on Saturday it’s just going to be some sort of scattered, miscellaneous rain,” he said.
Cold temperatures will persist across Arizona and Southeastern California through this weekend with highs mostly in the mid to upper 50s. More rain is expected tonight and into Saturday, with amounts of rain similar to what fell on Thursday. #azwx #cawx pic.twitter.com/RuNH8r0FYM
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) February 9, 2024
The multi-day weather event that began when an atmospheric river storm system poured into Arizona on Wednesday will begin to fade, Coleman said.
“Realistically, the last chance we’ll see rain is probably mid-afternoon Saturday,” he said. “And then on Sunday things look to be clearing up. Temperatures will still be below normal, with highs in the 60s, but at least we’ll have largely sunny skies.”
How has the weather affected the 2024 WM Phoenix Open?
The weather problems began at the WM Phoenix Open on Wednesday, when the Annexus Pro-Am was canceled after an afternoon storm battered the track with rain and hail.
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Rainfall on Wednesday made parking areas in the grassy fields unusable, and parking lots remained closed until at least Friday. Tournament officials encourage attendees to drop off or use rideshare services. Drivers are transferred to the fairways at WestWorld of Scottsdale and Salt River Fields, where they can use the free shuttles to get to the golf course.
Thursday’s weather delay, which extended from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., prevented about half the field from completing their rounds.
How much rain did it fall in Phoenix this week?
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which the National Weather Service uses for the city’s official readings, received 0.56 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday.
Totals ranged mostly from 0.5 to 1.25 inches across the valley, with some areas in the foothills and mountainous terrain north and east of Phoenix receiving more than 1.5 inches.
The forecast calls for a warm trend starting Monday, with highs reaching the 70s by midweek.
Phoenix has already received 1.15 inches of rain this month, nearly an inch more than normal during the first eight days of February.
Jim Cross of KTAR News 92.3 FM contributed to this report.