Strong storm headed into Arizona

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PHOENIX – A winter-type weather system is moving into western Arizona Friday afternoon.

Over the next 24 to 36 hours it will make its way to the east, impacting much of the state. A winter storm warning continues for Coconino and Yavapai counties above 5,000 feet and a Winter Weather Advisory is out in northwest Arizona in from the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains.

Latest models indicate some areas will receive more than 12 inches of wet snow. However, most of the accumulations will be less than that.

In the Valley as of 2 p.m. Friday, the rain had not arrived but it’s coming our way.

There’s a strong line of showers and a few thunderstorms west of us along the Colorado River. We expect the rain to develop tonight, be strongest during the early morning hours and produce about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in most Valley locations.

Some Valley areas will get more than that, especially if we see a couple of thunderstorms, which is possible. It will also be very chilly with highs only around 60 degrees.

The rain should break Saturday morning but throughout the day we could still see showers off and on around metro Phoenix. We really won’t give the “all-clear” until Sunday’s forecast, when we anticipate lots of sunshine but cool temperatures with highs only in the upper 60s.