Cold, windy storm could bring rain and snow 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 storm is headed for Arizona Wednesday, bringing wind, dust, rain, snow and colder temperatures.

A cold front is set to move through our region overnight tonight into Thursday morning. 

Ahead of the front, winds will pick up today across the state. 

There is a Wind Advisory for almost the entire state until 9 p.m Wednesday night for strong southwesterly winds. 

In the High Country we could see gusts up to 55 miles an hour. With gusts of up to 45 miles an hour in the deserts of the state, blowing dust is likely. 

Much of the desert is under a Blowing Dust Advisory today, including the Valley metro area. 

We are also under a High Pollution Advisory for unhealthy levels of particulates, blowing dust generated by the cold front's approach. A High Pollution Advisory means the elderly, children and people with respiratory issues could have trouble breathing today. It also automatically makes it a No Burn Day in Maricopa County. 

Winds are expected to lighten up a bit after midnight as the cold front moves through.

Rain is expected in the High Country Wednesday evening, switching over to snow overnight as snow levels drop to near 6,500 feet by the morning. Accumulations will be light, with one to two inches of snow possible above 7,000 feet. 

Valley rain chances are at about 40 percent during the overnight and early morning hours. Rain totals should be light, generally only a couple hundredths of an inch. Rain chances diminish after midday and mostly sunny skies and low 70s are expected for the afternoon. 

Thursday night, temperatures drop off under clear skies. 

Overnight lows are expected to bottom out in the upper 40s to upper 50s by Friday morning. 

Friday afternoon will bring upper 70s and we are expecting mid to upper 80s and more sunshine over the weekend. 

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