Perfect fall day in Phoenix, first snow in the high country

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Valley residents are enjoying a nice, fall day thanks to an early-morning cold front.

The storm system moved through Arizona during the morning hours, bringing the first snow of the season to Northern Arizona.  The San Francisco Peaks got a nice dusting of the white stuff, while Flagstaff saw only rain. In fact, there was enough rain to cause a muddy mess in the Timberline area with some minor flooding. 

In the Valley, most spots saw showers, but not much measurable rain. Some rain gauges showed just 0.04 inch.

The cold front moved out pretty quickly, leaving partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures.

Temperatures will peak this afternoon in the mid 70s, well below the average high for this time of year -- 92 degrees. Temperatures will be cooler than normal tonight, too, with Valley lows dipping to the 50s. 

The first freeze warning of the season has been issued for the high country tonight.  It goes from 11 p.m. until 9 a.m. tomorrow. 

A wind advisory goes until 9 p.m. Thursday for strong winds in northeastern Arizona. 

In the Valley, breezy conditions could linger throughout the day, which could mean blowing dust. 

The Arizona Department of Environmenal Quality has issued a health watch for Thursday, which also makes today a "no burn day."

Over the weekend, temperatures will be slow to warm up.  Expect lots of sunshine and afternoon highs in the 80s.