Two winter storms to hit Arizona, with a First Alert Weather Day announced for Sunday

The sunny skies we enjoyed on Wednesday have now given way to a cloudy and gray afternoon. As we move into the evening, expect light rain to make an appearance.

We began the day with a minimum temperature of 45 degrees, which is typical for this time of year. As predicted, a low-pressure system is making its way through the southwest region, bringing heavy rainfall to Northern California. On Wednesday night, we can expect scattered showers in certain areas of the Valley, although precipitation amounts are likely to be less than a tenth of an inch in most locations. Additionally, gusty winds reaching speeds of 25-30 mph will accompany the arrival of a cold front later in the evening, albeit for a short period.

A winter weather advisory is currently in effect for northern and eastern Arizona above 5,000 feet. Drivers should anticipate winter driving conditions until Thursday afternoon, as there is a possibility of 2-5 inches of snowfall, with higher amounts in the elevated areas of eastern Arizona. Additionally, residents in south Central Arizona, specifically in most parts of Pinal County, should be prepared for cold mornings as the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for Thursday night through Friday morning.

Friday and Saturday will bring cooler-than-average weather, with daytime highs hovering around 60 degrees, approximately 5 degrees below the average.

Another winter storm system is set to arrive from the Gulf of Alaska, bringing with it the possibility of measurable rain for Sunday night into Monday morning. As a result, we have issued a First Alert Weather Day for Sunday. While heavy storms are anticipated, some areas in the Valley could receive approximately a quarter of an inch of rainfall. Additionally, temperatures will drop, with highs in the mid-50s and lows reaching the coldest point of this winter season, plummeting into the 30s. As the system passes, snow levels will descend to 4,000 feet due to the arrival of cold air.

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