Late winter wallop brings snow and rain to Ariz.

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A strong winter storm is moving through Arizona on Friday, with heavy snow and quite a bit of desert rain. 

During the morning hours, parts of the Valley picked up a half inch of rain, and more is expected throughout the day. 

Temperatures should stay chilly, only topping out in the low 60s. 

Rainfall totals could top out near an inch across the Valley, and in the high country, more than a foot of snow is expected in elevations above 6,500 feet. 

The snow started falling early Friday morning and a Winter Storm Watch was in effect for the mountains of Northern and Eastern Arizona for Friday and Saturday. 

Snow levels could drop just below 4,000 feet by Friday night. 

Snow showers will continue, although not as heavy, during the day on Saturday.

Photos: Storm spreads rain, heavy snow across Arizona

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there is heavy snow and limited visibility at the junction of state Route 277 and SR 377 east of Heber. 

Chains are required on some roads in the high country. As of midday Friday, Forest Lakes was without power after a foot of snow fell during the morning hours. 

In the Valley, showers and thunderstorms should eventually taper off overnight, with a 30 percent chance for scattered showers on Saturday. 

Although we'll see a bit more sunshine, temperatures are only expected to top out near 60 degrees Saturday. 

Partly sunny skies and warmer temperatures near 70 degrees are expected Sunday. 

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