Phoenix weather: Big chill coming

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PHOENIX -- A strong winter storm is moving into Arizona Thursday. Clouds were beginning to increase during the morning hours, and light snow developed in far Northern Arizona.  More significant snow, up to a couple of inches in most spots, is expected to fall later this evening and overnight. 

There is a Winter Weather Advisory for the high country starting at 8 p.m. for winds and snow.  The Valley has a 40 percent chance of seeing rain showers this evening and overnight. 

Today's cold front will also bring gusty southwesterly winds. Northern and Western Arizona will see the strongest winds, with both a Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning in place for today. The Valley will see breezy conditions that are expected to pick up a bit more during the evening hours. 

The Valley will top out near 67 degrees today under mostly sunny skies. Overnight lows will drop to the upper 30s to low 40s tomorrow morning before we warm up to about 51 Friday afternoon. 

Following the storm, a cold, arctic air mass sweeps down from Canada and into Arizona.  There is a freeze watch in place for the Valley Saturday morning through Tuesday morning for overnight lows ranging from the low 20s to low 30s. 

Although it will be sunny this weekend, afternoon highs will struggle to top 50 degrees. 

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