Big weather change headed toward Arizona

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A developing storm is still headed toward Arizona. Even though the storm will contain a few rain and snow showers, it looks the most problematic part of the storm will be the winds, gusting near 60 miles an hour in northern Arizona on Wednesday.

A strong cold front will move into the region Wednesday resulting in very strong winds Wednesday. Gusty south and southwest winds will develop during the day Wednesday with gusts of 30 to 40 mph quite common in the afternoon and evening, including the Phoenix area.

Some areas will have gusts 40 to 50 mph, possibly 55 mph over the Colorado Plateau. Areas of restricted visibility in blowing dust are also expected, especially along the Interstate 8 and 10 corridors in Pinal County.

A chance of showers will develop over southeast California Wednesday afternoon, expand into Arizona Wednesday night, and taper off from west to east Thursday. Precipitation amounts will be light. Much cooler temperatures can be expected as well, especially Thursday.

Valley high on Wednesday will be in the mid-80s. By Thursday, the highs will only be in the low-70s.