Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Trio of El Niño-fueled storms on the way

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 80% chance of showers. 61°, east wind 5-15 MPH.

Tonight – 80% chance of showers. 46°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 30% chance of showers. 62°, southwest wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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A saguaro soaker to start 2016.

Three storm systems impact southern Arizona for the first full week of the year. The first storm system delivers numerous showers/snow above 7,000 feet this afternoon through early tomorrow morning. Daytime highs reach the low 60s today, running 2-4° below average.

Tuesday afternoon features a 30% chance of showers with highs remaining in the low 60s. Storm system #2 enters the state Wednesday morning, bringing another round of numerous showers & mountain snow through Wednesday evening. Highs mid to late week drop to the 50s metro-wide.

The third storm system swings in late Thursday afternoon into Friday. Numerous showers are possible, with the snow level possibly dropping to 5,000 feet. Rain & snow tapers off early Saturday, with partly cloudy skies prevailing this weekend.

Valley rain totals are expected to be in the 1-2” range between now and Saturday morning. 1-2 feet of snow is possible above 7,000 feet, including Mount Lemmon, Mount Graham and the White Mountains.

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