Phoenix weather: A cold, wet storm is headed our way

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PHOENIX  -- Things are shaping up for a wet and cool storm for Arizona through the weekend. Already on Wednesday we were seeing scattered rain and snow showers in northern portions of the state. The snow level is running about 8,000 feet so Snowbowl has reported one inch of snow as of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The moisture from the storm will make its biggest impact Thursday night through midnight on Friday. In the Valley, some locations will get an inch of rain or more. And for the entire weekend, we won’t be surprised if some metro Phoenix locations get two inches of rain, or more.

In the high country, most of the precipitation will fall as rain as this is a relatively warm storm. However, a Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for the White Mountains above the 7,500-foot level beginning Friday night. Forecasters are expecting 12 to 18 inches of snow in the White Mountains.

Flagstaff, on the other hand, may not see the changeover from rain to snow until Saturday morning.

It will also be a cool weekend around metro Phoenix with highs in the 60s.