Strong cold front headed toward Arizona

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 5:40 PM

PHOENIX -- A vigorous cold front will enter Arizona on Wednesday, bringing very windy conditions statewide and a chance for some rain and snow. Of course, the snow would be at the highest elevations of our state.

The first impact of the front will be Wednesday as winds pick up ahead of it. Around metro Phoenix, we’ll see wind gusts up to around 40 mph. In northern Arizona, those wind gusts will be close to 60 mph. Sustained winds in the deserts will be running in the 25 mph range, and much of the high country will see sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph. There is a strong likelihood we’ll see some blowing dust, which could cause significant travel problems.

As the front pushes through, we’ll see some rain and snow showers develop. We’re not expecting anything too heavy, but at about 8,000 feet, we could see a couple of inches of snow. Flagstaff could get a dusting.

In the deserts, we’ll have a chance for showers Wednesday night into Thursday, but the possibility is only in the range of 20 percent.

We will definitely see much cooler air. By Thursday, highs will only be in the mid-70s in the deserts, down about 20 degrees from Monday’s temps.

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