PHOENIX — It's the final day of 2021 and Mother Nature wanted to make her presence felt across Arizona before we turn the calendar to the new year. Storms are expected for many parts of the state.
Rain and snow are possible in many areas around state 48 as temps start to take a tumble on Friday. According to the National Weather Service, rain chances are expected to peak for the Phoenix area Friday afternoon.
In the High Country, gusty winds, cold temps and either heavy snow or a rain/snow mix is in the forecast for New Year's Eve. So make sure you prepare for some blustery weather.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for Arizona’s higher terrain at 6,500 feet and up. Heavy snow is expected along with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Blowing and drifting snow is expected with possible whiteouts.
Typical rainfall amounts will likely range from 0.25-0.50 of an inch with higher totals favoring eastern and southeastern Arizona where 1 to 2 inches will be possible.
We will continue to update this article with any updates on weather forecasts, rainfall totals and snowfall amounts when the information is released.
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Arizona has seen its fair share of severe weather. Here is a compilation of videos from various storms across the Grand Canyon state.