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Cold, wet weather forecast for Phoenix, up north

PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service said Tuesday the Valley is in for a soaking later this week.

In addition to the drop in temperatures -- overnight lows will be in the 40s by late week -- a storm could drop about a half-inch of rain by Friday morning and up to seven inches of snow in the high country.

"It's the first significant rain since the monsoon -- it's going to affect the whole Valley," said Marvin Percha, a Weather Service spokesman.

Percha added that a late-night thunderstorm Thursday is possible.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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