Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: Winds crank up, temperatures tumble

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 69°, west wind 15-25 MPH.

Tonight – Clear, cool. 39°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny. 65°, north wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for eastern Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties today. This advisory is in effect from 2 PM until 8 PM, including the communities of Douglas, Willcox, Safford and Clifton.

A cold front sweeps across the state over the next 24 hours. West winds gust as high as 25 MPH in Tucson, with 40 MPH gusts possible east of the metro. Patchy blowing dust can’t be ruled out near the Willcox Playa. Winds relax by the evening hours.

There is a slight chance of a pop-up shower west of Tucson & in the mountains this afternoon. Highs today reach the upper 60s, while lows overnight bottom out in the upper 30s.

Wednesday features daytime highs 10-15° below average, with Tucson peaking in the mid 60s. Lows Wednesday night are slated to drop to the mid to upper 30s in eastern Pima County. Freezing temps look likely for much of Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties.

Temperatures moderate heading into the weekend. Highs in the mid to upper 70s are possible Saturday and Sunday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Towering rock croppings at Cochise Stronghold, captured over the weekend by Bryan Pierson. Unique scenery in the Dragoon Mountains in central Cochise County. I’ll have much more on Bryan’s hike in Friday’s “Hittin’ the Trails 4 You”.

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