Phoenix weather: Strong storm moves in

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A cold and windy storm is moving toward Arizona.  The unseasonably strong storm was moving through California early Friday morning and will continue trekking toward Arizona throughout the day. 

Ahead of the storm, look for strong winds and potentially some blowing dust this afternoon. A wind advisory is in effect for much of the high country today, and there is a red flag warning for dry and windy weather in Southeastern Arizona. 

A winter weather advisory is in effect for elevations above 5,000 feet in Mohave County from 8 p.m. tonight through 9 a.m. tomorrow. Mohave County isn't the only spot in Arizona that will likely see snow. 

Between tonight and late tomorrow, much of Northern and Eastern Arizona will get a couple of inches of snow, with higher amounts at higher elevations.  Snow levels will start today near 7,000 feet, but by tomorrow morning could briefly drop as low as 3,800 feet.  With high sun angles this time of year, plus warmer temperatures Sunday, don't expect that wet snow to stick around for long!

Winds in the Valley will begin to pick up this afternoon to between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph out of the southwest.  Look for mostly cloudy skies by later today and high of 78.   

By tonight, the winds are expected to be even stronger and the chance of showers increases.  There is about a 50-percent chance of showers tonight and tomorrow morning, with a lingering chance throughout the day on Saturday. 

Rainfall totals should be around 0.1 inch. 

Tomorrow is forecast to be cold and blustery, with temperatures peaking only in the mid 60s and winds still blowing.  Sunday looks much calmer and a bit warmer with more sunshine. 

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