Cold storm bearing down on Arizona, rain and snow in the forecast this weekend

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PHOENIX – We’re going to see some windy conditions Thursday and Friday. Several wind-related advisories and warnings have already been issued for several areas of the state.

The storm system that’s heading our way will bring about 0.5 inch of rain to the Valley and 2 inches of snow to the high country this weekend.

This storm is going to be much colder than the one that doused the Valley on Wednesday.

Our high temperature will top out in the low 60s on Saturday, just eight days after it hitting 100 degrees for the first time this year.

For Thursday, we’re looking at a mostly sunny day with a high of 81 degrees, which is just about average for this time of year. Winds will likely start kicking up later in the day.

The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for southwest and north-central Arizona. It has also issued a high-wind warning for the northwest potion of the state.

The overnight low Thursday into Friday will be about 55 degrees.

With a forecast high of 71, Friday will be significantly cooler as that storm system edges closer.

Saturday is when we’re going to see most of the weather action, including a 20-degree temperature drop in just two days and a 70-percent chance of rain.

Things should clear out by Sunday.

The sun will make its return and the daytime highs will start to rebound so that we’ll be back in the 80s by the time Monday rolls around.