Rain headed into Arizona

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The storm producing copious amounts of rain in California is going to swing into Arizona Friday night. With it, we’ll see widespread rain showers, some snow and much cooler temperatures.

In the Valley, we’re going to go from highs in the mid-70s on Friday to the low-60s on Saturday afternoon.

As the storm approaches, it looks like what moisture is headed into Arizona is headed into the northern portions of the state.

Because much of the moisture will precede the front and the drop in temperatures, snow above the 5,500-foot elevations will run in the 1- to 3-inch range. Above 8,000 feet, we’ll see 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Before the front gets here, we’ll see rather windy conditions across northern Arizona, with gusts into the 40-mph range, while it will be breezy in the Valley Friday. Peak wind gusts will be in the in the 20-mph range.

Forecast rainfall for metro Phoenix Friday night into Saturday morning is about half an inch of rain. The storm will move through the state quickly, and by Sunday, we’ll see lots of sunshine but temperatures well below normal.