Phoenix weather: Cool changes coming

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- We'll have a warm start to the new week, but a storm targeting Arizona will bring chilly changes. 

Look for partly sunny skies Monday afternoon as a batch of cirrus moves across the state from the west. Temperatures will warm a couple of degrees above average today, peaking near 96 degrees in the Valley. Lows tonight will dip to the 60s under mostly clear skies.

Winds will pick up Tuesday as a cold front approaches. Skies will stay mostly sunny with Valley temperatures topping out in the low 90s. Even windier weather is expected on Wednesday as the cold front moves through the state. In the Valley, expect 20 to 25 mph winds with higher gusts. Even stronger winds are expected in the high country.

Rain and snow chances increase Wednesday evening and into Thursday. The Valley has a 20 percent chance of rain during that time, with light snow expected in the high country. Snow levels could drop to 6,000 feet by Thursday morning although little accumulation is expected. 

Cooler air behind the front will leave Valley temperatures in the 70s on Thursday afternoon and overnight lows will dip to the upper 40s to upper 50s by Friday morning. Temperatures will slowly warm back to the mid-80s by next weekend with dry and sunny weather on tap.