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Snow showers forecast for northern Arizona; rain to return to Phoenix area by midweek

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a person sitting on a bench holding an umbrella: Rain falls on downtown Phoenix during the day on Feb. 3, 2019. © Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Rain falls on downtown Phoenix during the day on Feb. 3, 2019.

Another cold front crossing Arizona is expected to bring strong winds and possible snow showers to northern Arizona communities Saturday night through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

"A slight chance of snow showers for northwestern Coconino County this evening. Gusty southwest winds are expected again Sunday with another round of snow showers possible Sunday night into Monday morning," according to a Weather Service forecast for the Flagstaff area.

Light winds and dry conditions are expected to return Monday afternoon to much of the northern portion of the state, the forecast stated. Snow showers are forecast to return Wednesday through the end of the week.

Temperatures are expected in the mid- to low teens at night through Monday. Daytime temperatures are forecast for the low 40s on Sunday and mid-30s on Monday.

Weather Service forecasts say the Phoenix area will remain dry with cooler temperatures through the first half of next week as weather systems pass to the northern portion of the state. Light, isolated showers are possible at higher elevations, the Weather Service said.

However, a midweek storm could bring rain to the Valley in the Wednesday-Thursday time frame. 

"Rainfall amounts with this midweek system have increased slightly to a quarter to half inch for the Phoenix metro with closer to an inch for northeastern portions of Maricopa County and southern Gila County," the forecast stated.

Daytime temperatures in the Valley are forecast in the low to mid-60s through Tuesday night with nighttime temperatures in the low 40s and upper 30s.

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