Another day with temperatures well below average, we started out the morning at 34 degrees at the airport.  Today's high will be about 15 degrees below our average, we should be around 72 degrees this time of year.

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A major winter storm will begin tonight, in fact the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that starts 11 pm tonight thru 5pm on Friday.  Snow will start late tonight in Northern Arizona and pick up early Thursday and continue through Friday night.

Snow amounts will be very impressive, with 20 to 30 inches of snow possible in places like Payson. That is a lot of snow in Payson, they normally get 24 inches of snow for the year.  Flagstaff could see 19 to 25 inches by the time we get to Friday night.  Avoid travel Thursday and Friday if possible in the mountains. 

The Valley will see some rain, with totals around 1 inch. The rain will likely start early Thursday morning and continue throughout the day on Thursday.   There's also a chance for rain on Friday.  

The good news is we will dry out for the weekend and temperatures will start to warm up.  Highs will be back to 70 by Wednesday of next week. 

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