Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: One storm system down, two to go

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 20% chance of showers. 62°, southwest wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – 20% chance of showers. 45°, south wind 10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 80% chance of showers early. 57°, west wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Forecast rain totals through Saturday morning

Consider today the driest day of the work week.

Southern Arizona is between storm systems this afternoon. Tucson stands a 20% chance of showers through the nighttime hours, with daytime highs peaking in the low 60s. Lighter winds prevail today, coming out of the southwest at 5-10 MPH.

Our second storm system of the week arrives in time for the morning rush Wednesday. Numerous showers & mountain snow moves in by daybreak, tapering off after lunchtime tomorrow. Locations above 6,000 feet are under a Winter Weather Advisory Wednesday, valid from midnight until 1 PM.

Storm system #3 swings in Thursday and Friday, with scattered to numerous showers possible. A 90% chance of rain/mt. snow is expected late Thursday afternoon, followed by a 50% chance late Friday afternoon. Mountain locations above 6,000 feet have a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday morning until Friday evening.

An additional 0.50-1.00” rain is possible through Saturday. Mountain snow totals above 7,000 feet should reach 2-3 feet.

The weekend continues to look cool & mainly dry with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Models indicate a slight shower chance by Sunday, with the bulk of the precipitation hanging over the mountains.

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