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What to expect from this weekend's Winter storm

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TUCSON - Weather whiplash over the next 24 hours.

Highs reach the upper 70s to wrap the work week, according to 4WARN Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Daytime highs this afternoon run 11-13° above average for mid January standards. Cloud cover increases tonight, ahead of a strong cold front off the Pacific coast.

The cold front sweeps across Arizona on Saturday, producing gusty west winds up to 20 MPH. There is a 60% chance of valley rain and mountain snow Saturday afternoon and evening. While the snow level drops to 4,500 feet Saturday night, only 1-3" of snow is expected atop Mount Lemmon.

Up to 0.10" rain is possible for most areas.

Behind the front, a frigid air mass moves in. Widespread freezing temperatures are expected by Sunday morning, followed by afternoon highs in the mid 50s. Another widespread metro freeze can't be ruled out Monday morning as well. Temperatures begin to warm up for the upcoming work week.

Watch Jeff for a complete look at your forecast today on News 4 Tucson at Noon. Follow Jeff's weather updates on FacebookTwitter and his blog.

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