Cold storm forecast to peak Thursday

While the National Weather Service no longer is forecasting freezing weather for Prescott Thursday, it is forecasting an 80 percent chance of continuing rain.

Temperatures still are forecast to drop to a chilly 34 degrees in Prescott Thursday night. And the Weather Service expects a hard freeze for much of Northern Arizona's high country Friday and Saturday mornings. The average date for the first fall freeze in Prescott is Oct. 27.

Elevations above 6,500 feet in the Yavapai County mountains can expect snow Thursday, while lower elevations could see a half-inch to one inch of rain, with the heaviest rain this morning, the Weather Service said Wednesday evening.

Strong southwest winds will accompany the Pacific storm, with gusts as high as 32 mph in Prescott.

Temperatures could remain 10-15 degrees below normal Friday, with a slow warm-up beginning Saturday. Next week the Weather Service expects a warming trend back to seasonable temperatures.