A long-awaited winter storm is about half a day away from loudly announcing its presence in Arizona.
Between tonight and Thursday, rainfall amounts between 1 to 2 inches are expected in most parts of the Valley, according to the National Weather Service. In desert foothills to the north and east, 3 inches of rain is possible.
This precipitation is forecast to come in several waves, with Tuesday expected to be the wettest day. But Wednesday should be the coldest day, with daytime highs in the Valley around the mid-50s.
Arizona’s high country could be in for 2 feet of snow. The Weather Service office in Flagstaff has issued a winter storm warning, effective from noon today through 8 p.m. Tuesday, for the Mogollon Rim, the Kaibab and Coconino plateaus, the Grand Canyon and Yavapai County.