Phoenix weather: Major storm on Friday

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- As a strong area of low pressure develops off the coast of Southern California, we’ll see increasing clouds on Thursday. And by Thursday night, rain will develop around the Valley.

Friday looks like we’ll see our first significant rainfall of the year, with some metro locations forecast to get 1 inch of rain or more.

The chance for rain will continue into Saturday as well, though the showers on Saturday will not be as widespread. Both days, there is a slight chance we’ll see a few thunderstorms around the Valley as well.

Besides the clouds and the rain, it’s going to get much cooler, too. High temps are going to drop from the upper 70s today to the low 60s on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be slightly warmer, with highs in the mid-60s.

Snow levels will be very high with this storm, starting off at 8,500 feet and lowering, at times, to 7,000 feet. But with the exception of extreme eastern Arizona, we’re expecting mainly rain out of this storm, even in the mountains.

Along the Mogollon Rim, rainfall totals approaching 2 inches for the two days are possible.