Phoenix weather: First 'significant' storm of season due late week

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:51 PM

PHOENIX -- Finally, it looks like we’ve got a decent weather-making, winter-type storm headed our way.

At this point, the timing is coming together and it looks like the first rain will be entering the state late in the day Thursday. Then Friday we should see widespread rain and snow showers statewide.

In the high country, this could be a big snow maker. Right now, a conservative forecast is for up to a foot of snow above 7,000 feet, but that forecast could increase as we get more confidence in the storm track.

In the Valley, we’ll probably see more than 1/2 inch of rain at many locations, with some Valley areas getting up to 1 inch of rain.

Not only would this be the first “significant” snow in the high country this season, it would be the first decent rain for metro Phoenix since the end of the monsoon.

High temperatures this week are going to be in the 60s to low 70s but with the storm and rain Friday, expect afternoon temps to linger in the 50s.

Snow levels are expected to lower to 4,500 feet in this storm, so places like Payson and Prescott could see measurable rain as well.

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