Cold air settling in for the weekend

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 5:40 PM

PHOENIX -- Cold air directly from the Arctic is going to be funneled into Arizona the next several days.

As a result, we’re going to see temperatures averaging 10 to 15 degrees below normal into early next week.

During the morning, the Valley is looking at freezing temperatures (or below) for four consecutive days beginning Saturday morning. That would be the first time that has happened since 1988.

As a result, Freeze Warnings and Hard Freeze Warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for much of southern and western Arizona. At this point, it looks like Sunday morning could be the coldest of the four day run.

It will also be bitter cold in the mountains, with morning temperatures dipping below zero at many locations. And in places like Flagstaff, the temperature won’t get above freezing until sometime on Wednesday afternoon.

There will be some relief starting Wednesday with a slow warming trend. We actually expect highs in the upper 60s by late next week.

Snowfall totals from the Thursday night storm were generally light.

Flagstaff had one to three inches of snow. However, Sunrise Mountain, in eastern Arizona, picked up eight inches of snow, and Mormon Lake, south of Flagstaff, got seven inches of snow from the quick moving cold front.

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