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Big temperature drop coming to Phoenix, rain and snow in Flagstaff

The temperature on Thursday may be close to 90 degrees in Phoenix — but the forecast calls for a big drop starting Friday.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix says a cold front is approaching the Valley that should put daytime temperatures into the upper 60s.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s through the weekend and into early next week, well below the normal highs for early April in Phoenix.

Strong winds have started in northern Arizona, driving in more moisture for the high country Friday. The National Weather Service anticipates snow and rain for areas above 6,000 feet in elevation, dropping to 4,000 by Friday night and creating hazardous driving conditions. 

Phoenix 5-day forecast

Thursday:

Sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. At night, partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.Friday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. At night, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. At night, clear, with a low around 46. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 74. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. At night, partly cloudy, with a low around 51. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with an east southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. At night, partly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.

Source: National Weather Service

Senior digital editor Sky Schaudt joined KJZZ in 2015. Prior to working at KJZZ, Schaudt was a digital news editor at azcentral.com for nearly a decade.