Phoenix Weather: Cool Christmas forecast across Arizona

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

PHOENIX -- As a ridge of high pressure off the coast of California begins to weaken and break down, a series of upper level disturbances will pass through Arizona by the end of the week and weekend. The result will be slight chances for snow in the mountains and cool and cloudy conditions in the deserts. Christmas Day high temps around metro Phoenix are going to be around 60 degrees.

There’s about a 20 percent chance for scattered snow showers in northern and eastern Arizona on Thursday, but no major accumulations are expected. As mentioned, it’s not going to rain in the Valley, but we will see an abundance of clouds at times.

The other major weather news is the strong inversions that will be setting up the next several days. As a result, an air quality alert has been issued for metro Phoenix. Also, Maricopa County has issued "No Burn Days" for Wednesday and Thursday. It’s at least the fourth consecutive Christmas holiday with a no-burn, and we’ve seen this eight of the last 11 Christmases, so it’s becoming pretty standard unless it’s raining for the holiday. And if it’s not raining, expect the same for the New Year’s holiday.

Temperatures through the holiday weekend will remain well below normal with highs only in the mid-to-upper 50s.