Hello, fall!

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PHOENIX -- Valley residents can finally welcome fall-like weather today, as the first of two cold fronts this week moves through the state. 

Winds picked up this morning as the front passed through the Valley, with gusts of up to 50 mph reported in the West Valley.  Even stronger winds were expected in the high country of Northern and Eastern Arizona,  and also the Lower Colorado River Valley in the western part of the state where a red flag warning and wind advisory are in effect today . 

Temperatures will also drop behind the front, with Valley highs expected to top out in the upper 70s. Tonight, lows will drop off a bit as well, with Valley temperatures dropping to the 40s and 50s. 

A second, stronger front is poised to push through Arizona on Friday. 

Winds will be gusty ahead of the front, possibly starting Friday morning. Strong southwesterly winds could lead to areas of blowing dust.  Along the front -- and behind it -- we may see some Valley rain and higher elevation snow.

Rain chances are highest Friday evening, and the Valley could get up to 0.5 inch of the wet stuff.  In the high country, at least a couple inches of snow seems likely Friday into Saturday morning. 

Although the storm will exit the state Saturday, the lingering effects will be felt in the form of chilly temperatures. 

Valley residents could wake up to temperatures in the upper 30s Saturday and Sunday morning, and afternoon highs will likely only warm up to the mid 60s.