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Winter storm is expected to roll into Arizona on Thursday

A winter storm is expected to roll in late Thursday night.

Darren McCollum with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said temperatures will dip, and elevations under 6,000 feet will mostly see rain. But parts of northern Arizona could see between 5 and 10 inches of snow.

“All the way from the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, toward Heber and then toward the White Mountains,” McCollum said on what areas could be affected. “It’ll be pretty widespread.”

McCollum said the start of next week will bring a few days of better weather, but more rain and snow are expected mid-week.

National Weather Service forecast for Phoenix

Thursday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 76. Breezy, with an east wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. At night, showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Low around 51. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. At night, partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a light south southwest wind becoming west southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. At night, mostly clear, with a low around 43. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63. East wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. At night, partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.\

Source: National Weather Service

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Kirsten Dorman is a field correspondent at KJZZ. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dorman fell in love with audio storytelling as a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019.