Phoenix weather: Weak storm sweeps across state

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 6:31 PM

PHOENIX -- There was not much punch in a storm that was moving through Arizona Thursday afternoon.

Light rain showers were visible across the western portion of the state around 1 p.m. from a cutoff low that had a little subtropical moisture wrapped in it. A cutoff low is an area of low pressure that’s been ‘cutoff’ from the main jet stream or "storm track."

This system was expected to gain some momentum and quickly swing east across the state through the evening hours. By late Thursday night, it was expected to be in New Mexico.

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms was in the forecast for the Valley before 10 p.m. Thursday. Otherwise, Phoenix would see clearing skies overnight and a morning low of 45.

Snow levels in the high country were expected to hit 7000 ft. Thursday night, and then drop to 6000 feet by Friday morning with one inch snowfall totals.

Another weak, but dry disturbance is expected to bring cooler temperatures to the Valley for Friday. Look for a high of 67 in Phoenix under sunny skies.

Gorgeous weather is on tap for the weekend as high pressure builds in from the west. Temperatures will flirt near 70 Saturday afternoon, with the 70s returning to the picture Sunday and into the start of next week. Skies should remain clear.

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