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Posted: Monday, February 9, 2009 10:43 am | Updated: 2:57 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The wet weekend in the East Valley was just the start of an expected stretch of cold, unsettled conditions.

A string of winter storms is forecast to affect Arizona over the next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will remain well below seasonal norms, with some days struggling to get out of the 50s for highs. Precipitation will be sporadic and spotty as the storm systems pass through.

This past weekend, much of the East Valley took in rainfall amounts of a quarter-inch and more. The gauge at Mesa's Fitch Park recorded 0.79 inches.

The next storm system was expected to affect the Valley beginning Monday afternoon and into Tuesday. Showers falling in the Phoenix area were forecast to be light, although the Weather Service said overnight thunderstorms are a possibility.

Meanwhile, much of Arizona, from the Grand Canyon to Tucson, was under a winter storm warning in effect through Tuesday morning. In the highest elevations, more than a foot of new snow might be on the ground by the time the storm exits.

Wednesday should see a break in the weather, with cool and dry conditions, but another storm was forecast to hit northern Arizona on Thursday. Snowfall is expected to be light to moderate, the Weather Service office in Flagstaff said.

Finally, long-range projections anticipate another storm, potentially strong, arriving some time during the coming weekend. For Valley tourism the timing would be unfortunate, as on Sunday the NBA All-Star game will be played in Phoenix.

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