Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Bracing for weather whiplash

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 76°, N wind 5 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 43°, SE wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 76°, WNW wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Warm temps to end the week, but a much different story early next week.

Highs heading into the weekend run nearly 10° above average. Tucson peaks in the mid 70s today and tomorrow under mostly sunny skies. Overnight lows bottom out in the 40s.

Changes in the forecast start to unfold Sunday. An approaching cold front cranks up southwest winds in the 15-30 MPH range. Partly cloudy skies Sunday afternoon gives way to scattered showers late Sunday night. Widespread showers & snow above 3,000 feet breaks out early Monday morning, tapering off by lunchtime.

While snowflakes may be possible in communities like the Catalina Foothills, Oro Valley and Vail, accumulation is expected to occur above 4,000 feet. 1-2” snow may fall in Sierra Vista, Oracle and Tombstone Monday morning. Mt. Lemmon could add 5-10” snow through Monday afternoon. Valley rain totals should be in the 0.20-0.40” range.

Temperatures crash to start early February, dropping 20-25° between this afternoon and Monday. Metro Tucson wakes up to the upper 20s to low 30s Tuesday through Thursday, with daytime highs back to the 60s Thursday afternoon.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Warm Winter sunset, captured yesterday by Phil Tilicki in Oro Valley. I’ll have the “Sky Candy of the Week” award later today on the blog!

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