Cold and windy storm coming our way

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PHOENIX -- The Valley is in store for another beautiful fall-like day Thursday, with mostly sunny skies and afternoon highs near 80.

Temperatures will be close to the same on Friday, but winds will begin to gust ahead of an approaching cold front. 

By the afternoon hours (and possibly late morning) 25 mph winds are expected with gusts upwards of 50 mph or higher. That could make travel a bit more dangerous, partly due to the increased potential for blowing dust. 

The strong winds could last into the evening hours, when rain and snow is also likely.  There's a 70 percent chance of rain in the Valley Friday night and into Saturday morning, with a slight chance for thunderstorms.  Parts of the Valley could get up to 0.5 inch of rain. Snow levels in the high country are expected to come down to about 4,500 feet,  with 4 to 8 inches of powder possible in Flagstaff. 

Behind the front, temperatures will plummet. 

Highs Saturday and Sunday will run 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, bringing the coldest weather of the season so far. 

For the Valley, look for weekend highs in the 60s and overnight lows in the 40s.