Phoenix weather: Fall storm hitting Arizona


by April Warnecke

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Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 3:21 PM

PHOENIX -- Early morning showers made for a pleasantly cool Thursday morning across the Valley.  Temperatures hovered in the low 70s for much of the morning and are only expected to warm to the mid 80s today under partly sunny skies. 

As a storm system approaches from the west, winds will pick up as well. Winds are expected to pick up out of the southwest, blowing between 10 and 20 miles an hour with higher speeds expected in the high country. 

The Valley has a 60 percent chance of showers with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

The best chance of measurable rain is in Western and Northern Arizona. 

Snow levels will be fairly high, but we're likely to get only a dusting of snow at the highest elevations, including the San Francisco Peaks. 

The rain and snow showers are likely to end from west to east on Friday morning, leaving behind much cooler air for Friday and the weekend. 

Valley highs are expected to peak in the mid 70s Friday and stay in the 80s over the weekend with plenty of sunshine. 

Under clear skies, overnight lows will drop to the 50s and 60s, with lows in the 20s and 30s in the high country. 

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