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Snow could be on its way

Don't put those windshield ice scrapers away just yet, because at least one more snowstorm could be on its way to Prescott.

After a first storm system swept through overnight Wednesday night, a stronger and colder one is set to arrive Friday and Saturday that could bring as many as three inches of wet, heavy snow to Prescott. It could produce a foot of snow at some elevations above 6,500 feet in northern Arizona.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in front of the approaching storm. Wind gusts could reach 43 mph today and 48 mph tonight in Prescott, and gusts could hit 60 mph in other parts of northern Arizona. Drivers should be alert for gusts and blowing dust.

The Weather Service is forecasting the Pacific low-pressure system to move into Prescott sometime before 11 p.m. Friday, then turn into snow overnight.

The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers Friday, 90 percent chance of rain/snow Friday night, and 80 percent chance of snow Saturday.

Prescott could get 1-2 inches of snow Friday night and another inch Saturday, the Wednesday forecast said.

The snow level is forecast at 6,000 feet through Friday and 5,500 feet by Friday night.

The high temperature is forecast at 47 degrees Saturday, a 32-degree drop from the 79 degrees Prescott saw on April Fool's Day.

March produced 0.59 inches of rain at the official Sundog measuring site on the northeast side of Prescott, or just 34.5 percent of the 113-year average.

March's high and low temperatures were more than two degrees above average in Prescott.

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