It looks like a lock. After nearly 60 days without rain, we're expecting some showers in the Valley Thursday night into Friday morning. That's due to a quick-moving storm that could produce up to a quarter of an inch of rain around the Valley. The last rain was on October 11. We'll also see much cooler temperatures. After a high of 72 on Wednesday, we'll be in the low-60s on Friday afternoon, the coolest high since last March.

There will be falling snow beginning Thursday afternoon in the mountains, though much of it will only be at the highest elevations. Flagstaff could see 3-5 inches of snow while Snowbowl should easily see 15" of snow or more. Arizona's only winter weather advisories are in extreme northern AZ, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the Kaibab Plateau. Also, winter weather advisories are out in northeast Arizona in reservation country.

The rain will end very early Friday in the Valley, and we'll see a mostly sunny day with those cooler temperatures. Saturday, we'll see highs in the upper-60s, while on Sunday, we'll probably make 70.

Another storm system is taking aim at Arizona next week. That one, currently, is timed to be into the state late Tuesday through Wednesday and right now has the potential to bring more rain and snow than the storm his week. However, the second storm is still too far away to make any specific predictions on rain and snow amounts. But perhaps a wetter pattern will stay with Arizona for a while.

 

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