Storm brings rain and snow to Arizona

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A series of three fast-moving weather systems will pass across Arizona in the next two days. Each will bring chances for rain and snow and cooler temperatures. By Mike Gertzman A series of three fast-moving weather systems will pass across Arizona in the next two days. Each will bring chances for rain and snow and cooler temperatures. By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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Picture taken Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 By Mike Gertzman Picture taken Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A series of three fast-moving weather systems will pass across Arizona in the next two days.

Each will bring chances for rain and snow and cooler temperatures.

But right now, the strongest of the disturbances, which is due in Wednesday afternoon, could produce around ¼ inch of rain around metro Phoenix.

Snow levels will be around 5,000 feet, but we’re trending away from a huge snow event. 2 to 4 inches for most locations at 6,500 feet is becoming more likely for most locations, with the exception of the White Mountains. A plume of moisture could bring perhaps 8 to 12 inches of snow there.

Temperatures are going to stay unseasonably cool right through the weekend. But at this point, the weekend does look dry in the Valley, with only slight chances for precipitation in the mountains of our state.

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Arizona's high country until 11 p.m. Thursday, including the cities of Flagstaff, Prescott, Fredonia, Grand Canyon Village, and Supai.

Travel will be the most difficult later Wednesday morning through the early evening due to periods of low visibility and snow accumulation on roadways.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of falling snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.

Plan extra time for travel and use caution while driving.

Forecast snow totals

Flagstaff: 2 to 4 inches

Williams: 2 to 4 inches

Doney Park: 1 to 3 inches

Grand Canyon: 1 to 3 inches

North Rim: 2 to 4 inches

Jacob Lake: 1 to 3 inches

Prescott: 1 to 2 inches

Alpine: 2 to 4 inches

Forest Lakes: 3 to 5 inches

Heber-Overgaard: 1 to 3 inches

Pinetop-Lakeside: 2 to 4 inches

Show Low: 1 to 3 inches