Spring storm bears down on Arizona

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PHOENIX – A winter-type storm is heading into our state. For this time of year, it’s going to bring significant amounts of rain and snow. It will be windy and it will be much cooler.

Already, a winter storm warning is posted for northern Arizona and Winter Weather Advisories are also issued in northwest and eastern Arizona beginning Friday afternoon.

At this point it looks like the storm will be impacting the state for about 36 hours, making a wet mess out of Saturday.

Our latest models are telling us that the significant rain will arrive in the Valley Friday night, with the heaviest amounts overnight.

However, showers will linger throughout the day on Saturday. It looks like the Valley will get about a ¼” of rain, but more is possible especially in the northern and western suburbs.

As far as snowfall, the latest models suggest accumulations of more than a foot of snow above 7,000 feet in northern Arizona. 

Even in places like Prescott, a few inches of wet snow is a definite possibility. It also appears most of the precipitation from the storm will be dumped on the western half of the state.

The White Mountains will get in on the act too: We’re expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow along the Mogollon Rim into eastern Arizona.