Phoenix weather: Strong storm targets Arizona

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
In this picture, taken on April 12, 2012, you can see the a dusting of snow on the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Ariz. By Mike Gertzman In this picture, taken on April 12, 2012, you can see the a dusting of snow on the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Ariz. By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A cold front brought windy conditions and ushered in a cooler airmass to Arizona Wednesday. Parts of Northern Arizona got light rain showers.

Thursday looks to be our break between this storm and the next, currently moving through Northern Arizona. Look for below-average temperatures today, with Valley highs peaking in the mid 70s under mostly sunny skies. Winds should be much lighter, too.

A strong storm moves our way tomorrow, with a cold front cutting through Arizona Friday evening.

Winds will be breezy tomorrow, but quickly picking up during the evening hours. In the Valley, look for 30 mph sustained winds overnight Friday and into Saturday morning. Blowing dust is possible.

There's about a 50 percent chance of rain during that same time, between Friday night and into Saturday. Rain chances linger into Saturday afternoon and snow is looking more and more likely in the high country.

Snow levels are foreast to be around 5,000 feet, dropping to as low as 4,000 feet by late Saturday morning. Flagstaff could pick up a couple of inches of late-season snow.

Very cold air is also forecast with this storm. Overnight lows in the Valley will drop to the 40s the next few mornings, and Saturday afternoon will only warm up to the mid 60s.

The storm is forecast to move out of Arizona on Sunday, and we'll top out in the low 70s under partly cloudy skies for the second half of your weekend in the Valley.

Next week looks much warmer and dry.

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