HUGE changes with a powerful storm system this weekend

PHOENIX - Temperatures are heating up again as we finish out this workweek with Valley highs hitting the upper 80s to low 90s both days.

But, we've HUGE changes coming in this weekend as a very strong storm system pushes through the Southwest.

Winds will be back late Friday and get very gusty on Saturday as this system arrives.

Look for peak gusts around 35 to 40 mph in the Valley and gusts as high as 50 mph up north on Saturday.

To our northwest, winds will increase a bit sooner in places like Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City. Those spots will be under a  Wind Advisory on Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Watch out for dangerous blowing dust as winds along I-40 gust near 65 mph.

The cold front with this system will arrive in the Valley late Saturday morning, sending afternoons highs down into the low 70s. That's nearly a 20 degree drop and about 15 degrees below normal!

There will also be chances for showers and thunderstorms around our state with SNOW in high country!

Spots above 6,000 feet could get around one to four inches with four to eight inches in the forecast above 8,000 feet.  But, we aren't expecting much to stick around. It will melt quickly below 8,000 feet as temperatures rebound on Sunday.

Valley shower and thunderstorm chances have increased to 30 percent on Saturday with a slight chance at 10 percent late Friday leading into it.

Sunday is looking much better if you have plans outdoors this weekend. By then, winds will back off considerably, our skies will clear out and Valley temperatures will rebound to the upper 70s.

We'll continue to heat things up into next week. Highs will jump to the upper 80s by Monday, low 90s on Tuesday and mid 90s by next Wednesday.

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Rainfall totals:

2014 Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 0.99" (-2.08" from average)

2014 Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 1.13" (-1.69" from average)

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

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See the full 7-Day forecast

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