Storm bears down on Arizona; rain, snow on the way

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Big weather changes are coming to Arizona in the next 24 hours.

While we're going to see a high of a lovely 72 degrees Thursday, plan on increasing cloud cover as the day progresses and a strong weather system moves in.

Rain is expected to start coming down in the Valley at about 7 p.m. The northern country will see snow.

More moisture will move up from the south overnight, bringing more rain, strong wind gusts and cold temperatures.Those gusts could be up to 35 mph.

The Mogollon Rim could get up to a foot of snow while other areas, including Mt. Lemmon, could see up to 2 feet. Kingman was already under a Winter Storm Warning Thursday morning.

There will be more weather action, including possible thunderstorms, overnight as Thursday gives way to Friday.

Skies should clear in the afternoon Friday, but a second weather band will bring more rain and snow Saturday.

We're looking at highs hovering between 59 and 60 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

By Sunday, sunshine should return. Temperatures are forecast to even out to our seasonal average of 66 to 67 degrees as the work week gets under way.

"This will be the first significant rain in the Valley since the first week of September. And it will be the first significant snow in northern Arizona of the season," said 3TV Chief Meteorologist Royal Norman.

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