Weekend storm brings rain, more cold weather

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- After experiencing one of its coldest mornings since January, the Valley will see another round of freezing temperatures and a chance of rain.

Sky Harbor Airport reported a low of 36 degrees Friday morning. The afternoon high only reached 57 degrees, which is 10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year.

As a trough remains over the western United States, arctic air will linger over Arizona, and much of the country, through next week.

Phoenix should see a low of about 35 degrees Saturday morning, with an afternoon high of 57.

A disturbance moving from the Pacific Northwest, through California and into Arizona could bring a small amount of rain to the Valley.

The rain showers are expected to begin Saturday evening, with the best chance for rainfall between 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday. Rainfall is expected to amount to a tenth of an inch or less.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for Arizona's high country, which could receive snow at elevations as low as 3,500 feet.

Snow is forecasted to arrive Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday afternoon. The storm is expected to dump 1 to 3 inches of snow below 5,000 feet and 3 to 8 inches of snow at higher elevations.