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Holiday storm could bring an inch of rain to the Valley and over a foot of snow up north!

Thanksgiving Storm
Posted at 9:52 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 00:04:18-05

PHOENIX — Get ready for a wet Thanksgiving this year!

We’re in Weather Action Mode through Friday as a major storm impacts our holiday plans and travel.

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A stronger storm moves in from the west-northwest bringing widespread rain to the Valley and heavy snow to the high country.

It looks like showers and thunderstorms could hit in the morning on Thursday, but the greatest impact will be Thanksgiving night.

Chances for more rain and high country snow continue throughout the day Friday, too.

The Phoenix Metro could see one to one and half inches of rain from Wednesday night to Friday night. So, that could lead to flooding and flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect Thursday and Friday.


The mountains north and east of the Valley could see even more rain! There's a chance some spots could pick up two to four inches.


Winter Storm Warnings are in effect across the high country.

Snow will begin in northwest Arizona late Wednesday and will spread across northern Arizona all day Thursday and Friday.

Snowfall will be heavy at times and travel conditions in the high country will be dangerous all day Thursday and Friday.

Snow levels will be around 6,500 feet initially, but will drop to as low as 3,500 feet by Friday morning.

Snowfall amounts will be in the one to two feet range in spots above 7,000 feet through Friday. That includes Flagstaff.

For areas between 6,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation, like Heber and Show Low, there a chance of 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Areas around 5,000 feet in elevation, like Prescott and Payson, could pick up 4 to 8 inches of snow.

We could even see snow in the mountains just north and east of the Phoenix Metro by Friday.


With all this rain and snow, travel will be significantly impacted. Up north, many roads may be impassible Thursday and Friday until plows can get out.


Winds will also crank up with this storm.

Valley gusts could hit 45 mph Thanksgiving night into Black Friday morning.

A Wind Advisory is now in effect for the Valley from 8 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday.


Valley highs will only reach the mid 60s on Thanksgiving Day.

It’ll be even colder over the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 50s on Friday and Saturday.

Lows will be down into the upper 30s to low 40s by Sunday morning.