Phoenix weather: Gusty winds continue, cooler days ahead

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 9:10 PM

PHOENIX -- A storm system that continues to slowly track across Arizona will kick up winds and drop temperatures through Wednesday.

Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings were issued by the National Weather Service on Monday, continuing into Tuesday, for gusty winds across the high country, especially along the Eastern Mogollon Rim and the Little Colorado River valley. Gusts of up to 55 miles per hour were expected through Monday evening, increasing to 65 miles per hour Tuesday. In the Valley, gusts of 25 mph are in the forecast. Winds are expected to subside by Wednesday.

Under clear skies tonight, Phoenix should dip to a low of 61 degrees. Tuesday, the Valley should top out at 81. A normal high temperature for this time of year in Phoenix is 85.

Temperatures are expected to tumble even more as the jet stream takes a dive, and the storm system’s associated cold front ushers in the cooler air. By Tuesday night, Phoenix is expected to see a low temperature of 56 degrees with a high on Wednesday afternoon of only 75.

This cold front looks pretty dry, so the only chance of precipitation is north of Flagstaff Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, where there’s a 20 percent chance of a wintry mix or light snow.

Moving into Thursday, high temperatures in the Valley should warm to the upper 70s, with the mid-80s returning Friday and the 90s into the weekend.

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