Winter storm pushing into Arizona


by Meteorologist Royal Norman

Bio | Email | Follow: @RoyalNorman

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 7:13 PM

PHOENIX -- A strong, cold storm system is moving through Arizona. The biggest impact has been very high winds in northern portions of our state.

Meteor Crater, east of Flagstaff along Interstate 40, recorded a wind gust of 111 mph! Many other locations have reported wind gusts in the 60 mph range.

As the cold front moves in Friday night, we expect scattered showers and a few thunderstorms to develop.

In metro Phoenix, we’re still not anticipating heavy rain, though a couple of areas might get a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch of rain. Other Valley locations will not get any measurable rain.

In northern Arizona, the rain will change over to snow overnight as the cold air plummets into the state.

Snowfall accumulations are not expected to be heavy. Flagstaff should see between 1 to 3 inches of snow. Snowbowl might get more than 6 inches.

Elevations around 6000 feet could see an inch or two. The White Mountains of eastern Arizona could see a bit more snow.

After the front passes through, it will be cold. In Phoenix Sunday morning, lows will be in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Highs for Phoenix for the weekend will be in the low 60s. In some mountain areas, morning lows on Sunday will be in the single digits.