Major rain headed toward Phoenix

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The first major storm of the year for the Valley continues to make its way toward metro Phoenix. The storm is developing off Baja California and will be moving toward the state over the next 48 hours.

Rainfall amounts around metro Phoenix for Friday and Saturday are going to total up in the 1-inch range. To the east of the Valley, in the mountains of Gila County, we could see up to 3 inches of rain during the 48-hour period.

The snow level is going to be very high at about 8,000 feet in eastern Arizona. As a result, only the highest mountain peaks will get snow; a couple of feet of wet snow is possible. The snow level will drop to 7,000 feet on Saturday but by that time, most of the moisture will be out of the system.

If you’re headed out to the Phoenix Open on Friday, rain gear is a must. It’s also going to be very chilly, with highs only in the low 60s. Saturday, there won’t be quite as much rain, but it will be just as cloudy and cool. By Sunday, we’ll get clearing skies and temperatures will rebound into the upper 60s.

Super Bowl Sunday in Glendale looks like it will be dry, but on the cool side. With temperatures dropping into the 50s Sunday evening and with the top open at University of Phoenix stadium, it’s going to be a bit chilly for the big game.