Cold front brings changes

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PHOENIX -- A cold front moving through Arizona Thursday will bring rain, snow, strong winds and cooler temperatures.

As the system sweeps by to the north, the high country can expect a couple of inches of snow today and a couple more tonight. Strong winds could lead to blowing snow and a winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for much of northern and eastern Arizona for Thursday night and Friday morning. 

Meanwhile, a wind advisory was issued for the Lower Colorado River Valley in western Arizona for strong winds with northerly gusts expected up to 45 miles an hour. 

The Valley is expected to warm up to about 57 degrees today with breezy winds between 10 and 20 miles an hour. Tonight, overnight lows will drop to the 30s. There's a slight chance of rain in the Valley, especially during the overnight hours. Temperatures will finally start to warm back up to near normal over the weekend with a Christmas forecast of 65 degrees under sunny skies.