Arizona winter storm: What to expect as another blast of winter weather hits on New Year's Eve

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 20:25:54-05

PHOENIX — The next big winter storm is moving in!

Expect more rain, snow and maybe even a few thunderstorms in the mix on New Year's Eve.

The rain will start to clear out in the overnight hours Friday into Saturday morning, but there is a chance we could see some lingering showers at midnight as we ring in the new year.

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for northern Arizona along with the higher terrain of southeast Arizona.

Snow levels will start out around 6,000 feet, but they'll drop to 4,000 feet by early Saturday morning.

Flagstaff could pick up four to six inches of snow with two to five inches in the forecast for Show Low, Heber and Williams.

We'll see a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow in places like Prescott, Sedona and Payson with less than an inch of snowfall accumulating.

This winter storm will exit to the east on New Year's Day leaving behind some of the coldest air of the season.

Freeze Warnings are in effect across the Phoenix metro area for Sunday morning as lows drop into the low to mid 30s.

Up north, lows will be in the single digits in our highest terrain spots like Flagstaff over the weekend.

The other issue we'll have to deal with is air quality.

Fireworks going off will lead to a huge spike in particle pollution early Saturday morning and will make breathing difficult for many people outside.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a High Pollution Advisory for Saturday.