Sprinkles fall on Valley, rain coming Mar. 27, 2006 08:20 AM

Sprinkles on windshields greeted Valley motorists during Monday's morning rush hour, and there's a good chance of rain through Wednesday as two storm fronts move into Arizona, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service said there's just a slight chance of sprinkles on Monday from a subtropical disturbance but that rises to a 50 percent chance of rain on Tuesday, 60 percent Tuesday night and Wednesday and 30 percent Wednesday night as a much stronger storm front moves in from the east Pacific Ocean.

Temperatures also are expected to fall, from 79 degrees for Monday's high to 71 for Wednesday's, with Monday night's low of 60 giving way to a low of 53 Wednesday night. advertisement

The first storm is expected to bring a chance of showers to the state's northern mountains Monday, but the second is expected to bring snow around the 8,000-foot level Monday night, falling to 7,500 feet Tuesday and 6,500 feet Tuesday night.

Most of the precipitation will be rain, forecasters said, but the total snowfall will be 4 to 8 inches above 7,500 feet and only 1 to 3 inches at 6,500 feet.

Here's the Valley's day-by-day forecast from the National Weather Service:

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of sprinkles. Highs 74 to 79. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph in the morning...becoming south 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.Monday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows 50 to 60. South wind 5 to 15 mph.Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Cooler. Highs 69 to 74. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Lows 48 to 58. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.Wednesday: Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs 66 to 71. South wind 10 to 20 mph in the morning...becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then slight chance of showers after midnight. Cooler. Lows in the lower 40s to lower 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s.Thursday night and Friday: Mostly clear. Warmer. Lows in the upper 30s to upper 40s. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s to lower 50s.Saturday and Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s to lower 50s. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

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