Cold front to usher in first storm of February

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Sunrise in Chino Valley on Friday. (Source: Sharon Sanchez) Sunrise in Chino Valley on Friday. (Source: Sharon Sanchez)
Sunrise in Bullhead City. (Source: Cathy Vitello) Sunrise in Bullhead City. (Source: Cathy Vitello)

Look for one more day of milder weather before changes arrive for the weekend.

Strong high pressure will drive daytime highs about 15 degrees higher than normal for this time of the year.

In Metro Phoenix, look for a high of 84 degrees on Friday. The seasonal average high is 70 degrees. The record high for the day is 87 degrees.

The first storm of February is poised to deliver rain, and for the north country, snow in higher elevations.

High clouds will stream in from the west ahead of a trough that's set to impact the state. Ahead of the trough, gusty southwest winds of up to 30 mph are possible in Northern Arizona Friday afternoon.

For Saturday in the Valley, look for partly cloudy skies with rain chances kicking up between 20 and 40 percent during the afternoon and evening hours as a cold front swings through.

Thunderstorms are also a possibility. Daytime highs will be in the low 70s. Latest forecast models are all over the place and not in agreement, so it's hard to tell how much or who will get the rain.

In the high country, snow levels are expected above 7,500 feet on Saturday, falling to between 6,500 and 7,500 feet Saturday night through Sunday night.

Generally light snowfall amounts of up to an inch or two are expected, with higher amounts possible above 8,500 feet.

For Sunday, a cutoff low will track across the Southern Arizona border, then up towards the Four Corners region Monday.

With wrap around moisture circulating through the state, rain and thunderstorm chances will continue for Metro Phoenix at about 30 percent. Daytime highs will dip to the upper 60s.

A few showers will linger across Arizona Monday, before drier and warmer weather moves in once again.




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