Monsoon storms made a powerful return to Arizona Thursday afternoon, with floods erupting from heavy rain in western and southern parts of the state.

The Valley, while cloudy, remained calm for most of the day, but by 9:30, showers were moving into parts of the metro area, the National Weather Service said.

A flash flood warning was in effect Thursday night for a stretch of SR 238 between Maricopa and Gila Bend. Officials urged motorists to avoid the road.

Earlier, heavy rains and flooding near Quartzsite, along Interstate 10 near the California border, briefly shut U.S. 95 late in the afternoon, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. At one point, one of the eastbound I-10 lanes was closed because of accumulating water, the department said.

A flash-flood warning was in effect in the La Paz Valley area near the California Border until 8:45 p.m.

A flash-flood warning also was in effect around Wickenburg, where up to 2 inches of rain had fallen in some areas from a heavy storm that hit the area, according to the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. 

ADOT said flooding forced closure of U.S. 60 in Wickenburg for about an hour early Thursday evening.

To the south, rains moved through Tucson, and heavy downpours were reported around Nogales.

A blowing-dust advisory remained in effect until 9 p.m. for areas along I-10 north of Tucson.

In the Phoenix area, a layer of clouds remained over the region, but otherwise, calm weather prevailed. The National Weather Service advised there is a 30 percent chance of rain in the area, which could increase overnight as more moisture moves into the state.


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