Phoenix weather: Storm sets sights on Ariz. midweek

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by Kim Quintero

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azfamily.com

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 10:16 AM

PHOENIX -- A warming trend with abundant sunshine will continue through Tuesday until a Pacific storm system approaches the area Wednesday.

Monday and Tuesday in the Valley, expect highs from 93 to 97 degrees with overnight lows dipping into the low and mid-60s under mostly clear skies.

Winds will become breezy across the Valley Tuesday as a cold front tracks closer to Arizona. By Wednesday afternoon, southwesterly winds could gust up to 40 mph in the Valley. This will produce blowing dust from Gila Bend to Phoenix and Casa Grande.

Meanwhile, the mountains could experience wind gusts of up to 55 mph.

By Wednesday night and into Thursday, small rain chances will return to the Valley. As for the mountains, trace snow accumulations may fall down to 6,000 feet. Several inches could be found along the highest elevations like the San Francisco Peaks

The front will also usher in cool air. By Thursday afternoon in the Valley, highs may not escape the 70s, with Friday morning lows dipping into the 50s.

Breezy winds may continue until Friday.

A gradual warming trend will take shape by the end of the week and into the weekend as high pressure builds back into the area.

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