Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Old Man Winter’s lurking

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 78°, east-southeast wind 10-20 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 52°, east-southeast wind 5-15 MPH.

Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. 78°, southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

From late autumn warmth to the first blast of winter weather.

High pressure departs the state this afternoon. As a result, gusty east-southeast winds up to 20 MPH are possible through the early afternoon. Temperatures this afternoon reach the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies. Winds decrease by late day, followed by overnight lows in the low 50s.

Cloud cover increases this weekend, as highs range from the upper 70s Saturday to the low 60s Sunday. A stray snow shower is possible in the mountains overnight Saturday.

Developing off the West Coast is a strong cold front, slated to arrive late Sunday night into early Monday. Metro Tucson stands a 60% chance of showers during this timeframe, with snow levels crashing to 4,000 feet. Up to 0.25″ rain is possible, while Mount Lemmon could pick up 3-6″ snow.

While rainfall totals will be on the light side, temperatures are expected to plummet. Highs to start the upcoming work week peak in the mid to upper 50s. Overnight lows bottom out in the mid to upper 30s. Portions of Metro Tucson could experience the first freeze of the season Wednesday morning.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Thanksgiving from the Moc, captured yesterday morning by Manda Owen Garland on Tumamoc Hill.

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