PHOENIX -- Thursday was a windy day across northern Arizona, as the leading edge of a cold front moved into our state.
As of mid-afternoon, not a lot of precipitation had developed, only slight rain and snow showers. However, the chances for precipitation are expected to go up Thursday night with emphasis on the eastern third of Arizona.
Flagstaff is still under a winter weather advisory and forecasters there expect 4 to 8 inches of snow by Friday afternoon. After that, the bitter cold temperatures are going to start setting in for an extended period in the mountains of our state.
In metro Phoenix, the big weather story is still the potential for four to five days with morning temperatures at or below freezing.
As a result, Freeze Watches are out for the Valley beginning Friday night and lasting through Tuesday morning. Probably the coldest morning in the streak will be Saturday when we’re forecasting an “official” low at Sky Harbor of 29 degrees.
Many Valley locations will be in the low 20s on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, we’ll only see high temperatures in the upper 40s. That’s cold by metro Phoenix standards.
By the way, if we get four consecutive days where the temperature drops to freezing or below in Phoenix that will be the first time since the last week of December in 1988.