Warm and dry week ahead

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PHOENIX -- The weekend's unseasonably cold storm continues moving east today as warmer and drier weather spreads across the Southwest. 

Mostly clear skies will bring cool nights and mornings this week, with Valley lows in the 40s and 50s. Afternoon highs slowly warm to the upper 70s today, and into the mid-80s throughout the rest of the week ahead. 

By the weekend, the Valley will swing back toward unseasonably warm weather, with highs Saturday and Sunday expected to top out in the low 90s.The average high for this time of year is 83 degrees.

This weekend's storm brought the Valley between 0.25 and 0.75 inch of rain, mainly Friday night and Saturday morning. Temperatures dropped quickly, with Saturday's high of 54 setting a new record for the coldest afternoon high ever recorded on April 9. 

In the high country, Mother Nature brought a fresh blanket of snow.  Flagstaff ended up with just under a foot of snow, while Prescott and Show Low got about 6 inches. 

Snowbowl ended its season Sunday, despite getting 28 inches of new snow.  The snow won't last long, with afternoon temperatures in the high country forecast to top out in the 50s and 60s.