Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: Active weather pattern looming

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 78°, northwest wind 5 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 41°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 80°, northwest wind 5 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Enjoy the warmth the next few days. Winter weather is coming.

High pressure off the West Coast drives daytime highs 11-13° above average. Mostly sunny skies prevail this afternoon through Thursday, with high temps reaching the upper 70s to low 80s. Overnight lows will be seasonably cool. Metro Tucson bottoms out in the low to mid 40s the next few nights.

An active weather pattern takes over by late week. Friday features a strong cold front approaching from the Pacific. Gusty winds up to 25 MPH are possible Friday afternoon, with a 20% chance of showers/mountain snow by the evening. Rain chances increase to 40% for the first half of Saturday, while the snow level drops to 5,000 feet. Highs Saturday struggle to reach the upper 50s, while lows crash to the low to mid 30s.

Up to 0.25” rain is possible late Friday into Saturday. Locations above 7,000 feet may pick up 2-4” snow.

Models indicate a reinforcing shot of cold air & isolated showers by Monday. Lows early next week may approach the freezing mark in the Old Pueblo.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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December dusk canvas, captured Monday by Elaine Malott at Reid Park. Gotta love AZ in the Winter!

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