Phoenix weather: Winter weather still due in Arizona on Friday

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A strong Pacific storm system continues to gather itself in the Pacific. The leading edge of the associated cold front is just beginning to come onshore in the Pacific Northwest with rain and snow.

That storm will eventually bring us colder temperatures, clouds, rather windy conditions and a pretty decent chance for rain and snow showers in the mountains of Arizona. However, it's unlikely we'll see a lot of rain or snow. Right now, the weather models are telling us we may see several inches of snow above the 5,500-foot level, although the snow level itself will drop to 4,500 feet.

In the Valley, even though we have a chance for showers both Friday and Saturday, the chance for much rain is very slim. We're talking, at this point, about 1/10 inch of rain for most metro locations. Of course, you might get more or less in your neighborhood.

So we're locking in the much cooler temperatures, the clouds and windy conditions. On Friday, we may see some Wind Advisories issued across parts of the state. In northern Arizona, we'll see gusts in the 50 mph range. In the deserts, winds will be gusting around 40 mph.

However, we're still not locking in the amount of rain or that exact timing just yet, although it looks like our best window for precipitation right now is Friday night into Saturday morning.

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