Phoenix weather: Valley dry spell ends this weekend


by Kim Quintero

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Posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 6:40 AM

PHOENIX -- A strong Pacific storm system has its sights set on Arizona headed into the weekend.

Thursday marked day 69 since Phoenix saw any rain. That streak is expected to break late Friday. Between Friday night and Sunday morning the Valley should receive anywhere from a half inch to an inch of rain. Minor street flooding is possible, but widespread flooding is not expected.

In the mountains, one to two inches of rain is expected, with one to five inches of snow between 6,000 feet and 8,000 feet by Sunday morning.

With this system, thunderstorms are possible overnight Friday and into Saturday, but the severe weather threat is low.

Winds are also expected to be breezy again starting Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday. The Valley may see gusts of 25 mph with the high country experiencing gusts of up to 45 mph.

After a Friday afternoon high of 79 in Phoenix, colder air will drop highs in the Valley down to the 60s both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Small rain chances will remain in the forecast for Sunday morning, otherwise expect afternoon clearing.

Next week, look for dry weather with temperatures warming back up to the 70s and 80s.

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