Soak in the cool, damp weather, major warm-up on the way

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on March 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 9 at 11:00 AM

PHOENIX -- A few showers may develop in the Valley Saturday behind a storm system that brought record-setting rain on Friday. Meanwhile, the mountains will continue to see snow showers through Saturday evening.

Lingering moisture from an area of low pressure that swept through the region, combined with daytime heating, may be enough to trigger isolated rain through early Saturday evening. Any precipitation in the Valley is not expected to accumulate to more than a tenth of an inch.

Saturday’s snow levels will be down to 4,000 feet. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are up until 6pm for our mountains above 5,500 feet. Anywhere from one to six inches of new snow may accumulate during this time, creating treacherous travel conditions.

Highs Saturday will be about 15 degrees cooler than normal. The Valley should reach a temperature of 60 Saturday afternoon.

Gradual warming and sunshine is expected Sunday as high pressure builds into the picture. Look for Valley highs to rebound into the low 70s during the afternoon.

Looking ahead to next week, sunshine will be plentiful, and the warming trend will continue statewide. By Thursday, Valley high temperatures will be flirting with 90 degrees.

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