Storm tracking for Friday arrival in Arizona

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A late winter storm that will bring rain and snow to Arizona is on track to begin producing precipitation late Thursday night into Friday morning.

By noon Friday, much of the Valley will be experiencing rain showers, and by Friday night we’re expecting between one fourth of an inch and half an inch of rain at many metro Phoenix locations.

We’ll also see a few thunderstorms and rather windy conditions at times as a cold front pushes through.

In Northern Arizona, we expect Winter Weather Advisories to be issued on Thursday.

At this point, our latest forecast models are showing eight to 12 inches of snow above 7,000 feet, four to eight inches above 6,000 feet and two to four inches of snow above 5,000 feet. 

It appears most of the precipitation from this storm will fall in a time window from noon on Friday to midnight Friday. However, there will still be lingering rain and snow showers into Saturday, but accumulations won’t be so much.

The other big change will be temperatures. Wednesday highs around metro Phoenix were running in the low 80s. By Friday, we’ll see highs only in the upper 50s, a nearly 25-degree drop.

The entire weekend won’t be wet. By Sunday, expect mostly sunny skies around Arizona as temperatures begin to rebound.