Phoenix weather: Winter storm moves through Arizona

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A wet and cool day is expected in the Valley on Monday with an afternoon high of only 61 degrees. A flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

A strong storm system is expected to impact Arizona today. Although the timing of this system changed and it slowed down significantly, a cold front will finally move from west to east across Arizona today, bringing heavy snow to the high country and possibly heavy rain to the Valley. 

Showers are likely this morning, likely becoming heavier around late morning and into the afternoon, tapering off this evening. Valley rainfall could total around an inch in most neighborhoods, with higher amounts possible in the higher elevations of northern and eastern Maricopa County. 

Windy weather is also likely today, with Valley winds out of the southwest up to 20 miles an hour. In the high country, a winter storm warning is in effect today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., when spots like Flagstaff are expected to pick up another 4 to 6 inches. Snow levels will drop to about 5,000 feet, but the heaviest snow will fall above 6,000 feet. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms across the state today as well. 

The storm winds down overnight and there is only a slight chance of showers by Tuesday. By Wednesday, warm and dry weather returns and continues through next weekend.