Winter storm headed into Arizona

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM

PHOENIX -- The weather in Arizona is already changing as a cold front continues to move toward the state from California.

The light showers we’ve had around the state today are the result of moisture that has been pulled out of the sub tropics ahead of the storm.

The cold front itself will begin entering Arizona during the early morning hours and pass through the Valley late Friday afternoon.

Friday is going to be a very windy day around Arizona with the highest wind gusts expected in northern Arizona. Wind gusts over 50 mph will occur. Around metro Phoenix, the winds will gust into the 35 mph range.

Rainfall is not expect to be all the great around the Valley. The latest forecast models are indicating we won’t see much rain, perhaps 1/10 to 1/4 of an inch. Snowfall is also not expected to be all that great. 1-3i inches is possible in the Flagstaff area while the higher elevations of our state in eastern Arizona may get up to 10 inches of snow.

The main story for the high country may be the bitter cold temperatures we’re going to see Sunday morning. While the Valley will be in the low 40s and upper 30s some of the mountain areas will see single digit lows.

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