Coming this week: Temperature drops and rain in Arizona

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Metro Phoenix residents can expect to see sprinkles of rain during their morning commutes on Wednesday, however, weather across the Valley isn't expected to pick up steam until later this week.

A 90% chance of rain in Phoenix's forecast Thursday night could bring about 0.25 inches of rain or slightly more across the Valley, said Isaac Smith, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

Higher terrain areas north and east of Phoenix could see between 0.75 to an inch of rain, while places like Flagstaff could see several inches of snow, Smith added.

With the rain, residents can expect cooler temperatures across metro Phoenix, topping out at around 60 degrees on Friday and dipping into the 30s on Friday night, according to Smith.

"It's quite the change in our weather pattern here compared to what we were seeing last week with highs in like the 80s," Smith said.

Weekend forecast: Freezing and snow for Northern Arizona

The cold weather continues into the weekend as several freeze warnings have been set in place as a precaution. Early Saturday temperatures are expected to reach near-freezing with Globe seeing 29 degrees, Casa Grande seeing 33 degrees, and Phoenix seeing a low of 40 degrees.

These colder temperatures could bring more snowfall to the northern parts of the state as we approach the state's snow season, according to the Flagstaff NWS National Weather Service.

Between 0.3 inches and 1 inch are expected to fall in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. The majority of the snowfall is expected to accumulate Thursday evening in areas above 6,000 feet sea level, according to the service.

The snow is expected to continue into Friday morning with snow showers expected through the day.

Reach breaking news reporter Steven Hernandez at steven.hernandez@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @The_HdzCo.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Rain and snow expected in Arizona as winter weather approaches

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