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Windy, cooler weather on the way

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:00 pm

Turned out to be a warm start to the week with temperatures climbing back into the 80's Monday. However, our 80's will be short-lived this week with changes beginning Tuesday.

We're tracking a strong area of low pressure that's still sitting off the Pacific Northwest coast. This system will move into our state by Wednesday but leading up to it we're going to deal with gusty winds and we're also going to see cooling temperatures.

As that Pacific storm gets closer, we'll get another round of gusty winds Tuesday afternoon. A wind advisory will be in effect noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday across most of north and eastern Arizona. Chinle, Kayenta, Window Rock, Springerville, Flagstaff and Show Low included in the advisory. Winds are forecasted to be near 25-35mph with gusts to 55mph in the advisory locations.

There's also a Red Flag warning across Coconino, Navajo, Apache counties from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The fire danger will be high due to low humidity and strong afternoon winds.

Temperatures will also get cooler with Valley highs only topping out in the upper 70s the next several days.

We'll start to bring in a chance for scattered showers across far northern Arizona late Tuesday with better rain chances rolling in Wednesday.

That storm system arrives Wednesday bringing partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies around the state and a chance for more scattered showers and even snow showers in the highest peaks across northern Arizona. Snow accumulations will remain small.

We'll even get a chance for some scattered, light showers in the Valley by Wednesday afternoon and night. Right now, the best chance for rain will be in those higher elevations north and east of the Valley, but again, we won't rule out some stray showers in the Valley Wednesday night.

Temperatures will keep getting cooler through midweek with highs only near 70 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

We'll warm gradually toward the end of the week with highs reaching the upper 70s by Friday but another passing storm system will keep some clouds in place across the Valley and state. We will also see winds entering the breezy category for the weekend as this next storm moves through.

We're back to sunny by the weekend and highs will bump back into the low 80s Saturday and Sunday.

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