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Phoenix marks the spot for western rainstorms, snow over next few days

PHOENIX — If you recently washed your car, you are going to have to do it again soon: a couple of rainstorms are coming right at the Valley before the weekend.

At least two rainstorms will be rolling through Arizona, and at times the rain and snow could be heavy.

The National Weather Service was predicting rain would start falling Thursday in metro Phoenix and get particularly heavy over the weekend.

All that wet weather will make plenty of snow in Flagstaff and other higher-elevation parts of the state.

Flagstaff typically has 18 inches of snow in January; as of now, the city could end up with 19-24 inches over the next few days.

The weather service said the first storm would bring moderate to heavy snow Thursday night through Friday morning at the 6,500-foot level but drop to 5,000 feet by Friday.

“These (storms) are being driven by what we call the ‘polar jet,’ ” Benjamin Peterson of the weather service said.

A second storm was expected to hit harder and drop the snow level to perhaps 4,500 feet by Saturday.

If amateur weather watchers were betting that it’s been wetter than usual the past 30 days or so, they’d be right.

From mid-December to Jan. 15, rainfall totals were just above last year’s numbers for the same time frame. The 1.18 inches is the most for that stretch in a dozen years.

KTAR News’ Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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