Phoenix weather: First weekend of winter brings warming trend

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on December 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

PHOENIX -- In the wake of a storm system that dropped rain in the Valley and snow in the mountains, sunshine and warmer temperatures are moving in for the first full day of winter.

The winter solstice began at 10:11 a.m. Saturday. This is the point when the sun shines farthest south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the longest night and shortest day of the year.

Saturday morning, desert dwellers awoke to cloudy skies, areas of dense fog, and temperatures in the 40s. Once skies cleared, Sky Harbor reported an official high of 59 degrees,

As an area of low pressure exited Arizona, a straggling piece of energy dropped an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow throughout the day above 5,500 feet in the high country.

High pressure is moving into the state from the west, which will keep skies clear and allow temperatures to warm back to seasonal norms.

In Phoenix, look for a low temperature of 40 degrees Sunday morning. By noon, expect a temperature around 58 degrees. The daytime high should reach 63 degrees, with sunny skies and a light breeze.

Flagstaff should see a morning low of 14 degrees with an afternoon high of 39 degrees.

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