Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: Sprinkles today, snowflakes for Christmas?

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly cloudy, a stray sprinkle. 64°, west wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly cloudy. 45°, south-southwest wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 10% chance of showers. 64°, southwest wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? It’s coming closer to a reality in southern Arizona.

An active jet stream pattern takes aim at the state. This will help guide in a series of storm systems over the next several days. A weak trough may touch off isolated showers this afternoon across Pinal, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Metro Tucson stays mostly cloudy today with a few sprinkles developing.

Isolated showers are possible Wednesday and Thursday for the Old Pueblo, as daytime highs peak in the mid 60s. Christmas Eve looks cloudy, but dry for southern Arizona. Evening temps Thursday should reside in the low to mid 50s.

Christmas Day features a strong cold front moving in from the west. Scattered showers are possible by late afternoon, with rain changing over to snow around 2,500 feet Christmas Night. If the snow level drops this far, most of Metro Tucson could see snowflakes.

Rain/low elevation snow tapers off by lunchtime Saturday as highs struggle to reach the 40s. A dusting to 1” snow is possible for cities like Tucson, Oro Valley, Vail, Corona de Tucson, Benson, Sierra Vista & Nogales. Bisbee may receive 1-4” snow, with upwards of 8” snow atop Mount Lemmon.

Freezing temperatures look likely waking up Sunday and Monday morning across southern Arizona.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Winter solstice sunset, captured last night by David Grinney in Tucson. The solstice officially arrived at 9:48 PM Arizona time. Welcome to the first full day of Winter!

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