Winter storm moving into Arizona

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman and Natalie Brand

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Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 7:12 AM

PHOENIX -- Late Thursday afternoon we were seeing the first of a pretty strong storm moving into Arizona.

Scattered, mainly rain showers, have proceeded the cold front which was still in southern California as of Thursday afternoon.

"I love the rain; I just don't like to get in it!" said Kathy Rudisill in Glendale.

On and off showers through the night sent shoppers scrambling, stocking up on cold weather staples.

"Right when it gets cold, everyone starts buying sweaters," said Emily Anderson of Pretty Please Boutique.

She says scarves and headscarves have also been flying off the shelves, as temperatures drop.

Overnight, showers are expected to pick-up rather dramatically around metro Phoenix. We could even see a thunderstorm or two.

The heaviest rain may actually occur before sunrise, but scattered showers are expected throughout the day on Friday. Rainfall totals should be in the half an inch range. 

Highs on Friday will be in the 50s so it will be a cold, cloudy day.

In the high country, Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories have been posted. Our latest forecast maps are suggesting we could see more than 12 inches of snow in many locations from Flagstaff, along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains. 

Some isolated “snow favored” areas may get more than 18 inches of snow.

A secondary storm will move into the state Saturday and that’s going to produce more rain and snow, however not nearly as much as the storm that's expected over the next 24 hours.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is encouraging everyone to take extra caution as they drive this weekend. For the latest information on road conditions around the state visit www.az511.gov.

ADOT urges drives to plan for extra travel time, especially if you're headed to higher elevations where roads could get icy.

Be aware that ice forms on bridges first and can be difficult to see.  Also, brake slowly and avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel, according to experts. 

3TV would also like to remind you if you have an iPad, we have a really cool new Weather Caster app that’s available for free in the iTunes store.

It has all the bells and whistles, including radar, satellite data, video, photos, etc. Check it out and follow the storm with us.

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