Phoenix weather: Winter storm moves in

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A strong winter storm moves toward Arizona today.  In the Valley, temperatures will be a bit cooler, topping out in the upper 60s this afternoon under partly sunny skies. 

Although rain will begin today in the high country, rain chances for the Valley begin during the evening hours and increase overnight and into tomorrow morning.  The Valley has a 50 percent chance of rain tonight and tomorrow, especially during the morning hours.  There's a slight chance of rain tomorrow afternoon and even into Saturday morning before the storm moves out.  Rainfall amounts should be about 0.3 inch.  There's also a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms as the showers develop. 

In the high country, snow levels fall to about 6,000 feet, with areas like Flagstaff likely to get between 2 and 4 inches Thursday night and Friday.  Higher elevations could get up to 7 inches of snow, and there's a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for parts of the high country from 8 p.m. untill noon tomorrow.

After morning lows in the mid 40s to low 50s tomorrow morning, temepratures will barely warm to the upper 50s tomorrow.  The same can be expected Saturday afternoon, although morning lows this weekend plummet to the mid 30s to mid 40s around the Valley. 

A warm-up begins Sunday and continues into early next week, with temperatures expected in the upper 60s with plenty of sunshine on Christmas Day.

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