Feb 14, 2012 9:27 AM

Winter Returns: Valley rain, mountain snow, gusty winds today

TUCSON - Damp, cool and blustery in the desert this afternoon.

A cold front crashing into the state brings scattered showers & mountain snow later this morning, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Along with the precipitation, gusty winds over 30 MPH should develop ahead of the front. Strongest winds will be east of the Tucson metro, as a Wind Advisory is in effect for eastern Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties from 11 AM until 7 PM. Areas of blowing dust could reduce visibility along the I-10 near Willcox later today.

High temperatures today are expected to run 10-15 degrees below average, with showers tapering off after 8 PM tonight. Valley rain totals may reach up to 0.10", with 3-6" snow possible above 7,000 feet, including Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Graham and the White Mountains.

Winter's chill greets southern Arizona overnight. Outskirts of the Tucson metro, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties will wake up Wednesday to temps at or below 32 degrees.

After a break in the weather Wednesday, another round of valley rain/mountain snow moves in for Thursday and Friday. Rain chances with storm system #2 look slightly less than what we'll see today.

Much nicer weather wins the upcoming weekend, with mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid to upper 60's.

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