Phoenix weather: Good chance for weekend rain

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The storm system heading our way from the Pacific seems like it will be a very wet storm for Arizona, especially considering this dry winter.

A leading cold front will cross the state on Thursday and bring some isolated rain showers to mainly northern portions of the state. However, there is a chance for a few showers around the Valley on Thursday afternoon, but nothing too heavy.

Beginning Friday evening, the main storm will begin to roll through Arizona. We’re expecting a very rainy, cloudy and cool day on Saturday with temperatures not making it out of the 60s. Sunday we’ll see scattered showers.

All told, the Valley can expect between a half inch and one inch of rain between Friday night and Sunday night. In the high country, we’re looking at precipitation amounts that could top two inches in the mountains.

The big question is; when will that rain turn over to snow? Right now, we’re still thinking we could see significant snowfall accumulations in some of the higher elevations of the state, but that’s subject to change.

In any event, it will be a very wintry weekend in the mountains of our state. Currently, no watches or warnings have been issued, but that will be changing over the next couple of days.