First of two storms is here

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PHOENIX – We’ve seen mostly cloudy conditions around the Valley today and a few, light sprinkles. 

A chance for light showers will continue the rest of tonight through the early morning hours of Thursday but we’re not expecting much out of this first storm. In contrast, we see a bit more rain in northern and eastern Arizona.

The second storm is stronger and colder and will start impacting northwest Arizona by Thursday night.

Already a Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Mohave County for elevations above 4,500 feet.  Forecasters are expecting 3 to 6 inches of wet snow on Friday in those higher elevations.

It’s likely some of those winter weather advisories will be extended across other portions of our state as storm #2 moves in. By Thursday night, we’re expecting a significant line of snow, rain and thunderstorms to begin making its way across Arizona. 

The system slows a bit so we may even see rain into Saturday morning in the deserts before things begin to clear up.

The main impact of the storm will be colder temperatures. By Saturday, we’ll see highs only in the mid-60s and, in terms of rainfall amounts, expect less than a ¼” at most Valley locations.