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Drier weather to end the week in southwestern US after Newton dumps nearly a month's worth of rain

By By Andy Mussoline, Senior Meteorologist
September 11, 2016, 4:36:03 AM EDT

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Drier weather is in store for the remainder of the week across the southwestern United States after Newton fueled soaking rain and localized flooding across the region on Wednesday.

Newton slammed into Baja California as a Category 1 hurricane early Tuesday morning. Despite weakening, the system sent a surge of torrential rain into the Southwest through Wednesday night.

Although spotty thunderstorms will be possible in New Mexico on Thursday, flooding incidents will be localized since the intensity of the rain is expected to diminish throughout the day.

A period of drier and warmer weather will move into much of Arizona and New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.

The drier conditions will aid in cleanup efforts in areas that were affected by flooding from the core of Newton's rain.

While flooding occurred on mainly a localized level, southern Arizona and southern New Mexico were some of the hardest hit areas by Newton's rain.

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Tucson, Arizona, received 1.25 inches of rain on Wednesday. Typically, the city averages 1.29 inches for the entire month of September, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

The excessive rainfall led to flooded and closed roads in some communities, including near Mobile, Arizona, and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

While Newton has since diminished over the Desert Southwest, leftover moisture from Newton will help fuel drenching rain and thunderstorms across the Plains and Midwest to end the workweek.

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