Phoenix weather: Timing still good on first fall storm

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The weather models are in pretty good agreement. We're going to see scattered rain and snow showers developing across Arizona Thursday into Friday.

Most of the precipitation is expected in northwest Arizona, where portions of Mohave, Yavapai and Coconino counties could see up to an inch of rain. Here in the Valley, the scattered showers are forecast to bring 1/4 inch of rain or less. Not every location around metro Phoenix will get measurable rain.

But for sure Thursday is going to be a windy day statewide as a California cold front moves in. Wind gusts in the Valley are going to peak around 40 mph. In the mountains, we'll probably see some wind gusts approaching 60 mph. There is a chance for blowing dust in any of Arizona's dust-prone areas on Thursday.

Snow levels are going to be very high, perhaps around 8,000 feet in northern Arizona and even higher in the White Mountains. So while we might get a couple of inches of wet snow on our highest mountain peaks, no major snowfalls are in the forecast.

And for sure we're going to see much cooler temperatures. Afternoon highs on Friday around metro Phoenix will only be in the 70s! And Saturday morning, a hard freeze is anticipated for portions of northern and eastern Arizona.

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