BIG blast of winter weather on the way!

PHOENIX - Take advantage of the dry and mild weather while you can because it's not going to last too long.  

It will be chilly overnight as temperatures drop into the 40s across the Valley, but our skies will clear out and we'll warm into the low to mid 60s tomorrow afternoon before our next storm moves in.

We're tracking a slight chance for Valley rain showers on Thursday morning before the bigger hit comes Thursday night.

Rainfall with this storm will likely range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch in the Valley.   

Up north, snow levels will drop down to around 5,000 feet on Thursday. Locations above 6,000 feet in elevations could see 2 to 6 inches of snow with 1 to 3 inches possible in the 5,000-6,000 foot range. 

Then a second, wetter storm arrives Friday increasing rain chances, dropping the snow level and picking up winds across our state.

This time, Valley rainfall totals could range between a half an inch and an inch with the majority of the rain falling between 7 and 11 p.m. Friday night. We could also see a few lingering showers into Saturday morning. 

The snow level will drop to 4,500 feet and significant snowfall will be possible in elevations above 5,500 feet, making travel hazardous as we head into the weekend. 

Winter Storm Watches are in effect Thursday night through Saturday for the Tonto National Forest and parts of Gila county, as well as higher elevations across southeastern Arizona. 

We're tracking the possibility of widespread areas along the Mogollon Rim (in elevations above 6,000 feet) getting 6 to 12 inches of snow Friday and Saturday!

We'll gradually dry out Saturday and enjoy a bit more sunshine and cool temperatures on Sunday. 

Then, we've got another storm system to track on Monday!

This third storm will bring us more Valley rain and snow up north, but it's still too far out to know how much we'll get. 

Stay tuned to ABC15 and ABC15.com as we head through the weekend and we'll keep you posted on all the changes. 

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2017 Rainfall totals:

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 0.23" (-0.29" from average)

Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 0.35" (-0.01" from average)

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2016 Rainfall totals:  

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 6.19" (-1.84" from average)

Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 5.35" (-0.38" from average) 

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Daily rainfall reports from all across the Valley can be found here .

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