Light rain is forecast in the Phoenix area Friday and Saturday but will be cleared up by Valentine’s Day, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
Cloud coverage will increase over Friday afternoon, but any chance of rain will only occur in the West Valley, said Mark O’Malley, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
“Most people won’t see any rain today,” he said.
By Saturday evening, the Phoenix area has a 50% chance of rain moving into overnight, O’Malley said. But the amount of rain the Valley sees Saturday will be at or under .25 inches, which is not enough to be concerned about the roads, said O’Malley.
Any rain seen Saturday evening will also only last for a “very” brief period, according to the weather service. https://www.usatodaynetworkservice.com/tangstatic/html/pphx/sf-q1a2z3be0d353f.min.html
By Sunday, rain showers should clear out and cooler temperatures will stay in the Valley around the mid-to-upper 60 degree range by Sunday afternoon, said O’Malley. Next week may also see temperatures a few degrees cooler than it has been due to a system moving through the area.
Other than a possible light shower on Tuesday, no rain is expected next week, according to the weather service. The Phoenix area could see some occasional breezy winds, but the weather will remain “pretty typical” for this time of year, said O’Malley.
Parts of northern Arizona could see several or more inches of snow over the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.
Snow will start to build Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday night, according to the Associated Press. The Grand Canyon could see up to 3 inches, Flagstaff and Show Low may see up to 5 inches and Window Rock may see 4 inches, according to the Associated Press. Snow may also accumulate up to 12 inches in the White Mountains.
Before it snows, the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said parts of northern Arizona should expect strong southwest winds Saturday afternoon that will reach up to 25 to 40 mph.
People should secure any loose items ahead of the gusty winds and plan accordingly for winter travel if they have plants to go to the high country for the holiday weekend, the weather service said.
Potential snow impacts are moderate and the most dangerous travel time in northern Arizona will be from Saturday evening through Sunday morning, according to the weather service.