Phoenix weather: Prolonged cold snap still in the forecast

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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azfamily.com

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 6:06 AM

PHOENIX -- Beginning Friday, we’re going to see a sharp drop in temperatures around Arizona. And by Saturday morning, we’re expecting lows in the 20s around metro Phoenix.

Those cold morning temperatures are expected to last through Tuesday morning, four straight days. If that happens, it will be the first time since 1988 that we’ve had four consecutive days with sub-freezing temperatures.

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for central and western Arizona, including the Valley. It begins Friday night and runs through Tuesday morning. We’ve included a map along with this article.

After a beautiful day Wednesday with temperatures in the low 70s, the cold front will approach rapidly on Thursday, bringing us clouds and very windy conditions at times.

By Thursday night, we may see some scattered rain showers around Phoenix. There’s a better chance for snow in the high country. We’ve got Flagstaff penciled in for three to seven inches of snow by Friday afternoon.

How cold will it be? On Friday and Saturday around the Valley we probably will see high temperatures in the upper 40s!

Send your pictures and cold weather reports to April and me on twitter (@aprilwarnecke, @royalnorman) or facebook (3TV Forecasters). We’re using the hashtag #thebigchill

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