Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Quick-hitting Winter storm approaches

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 20% chance of showers, windy. 72°, southwest wind 15-30 MPH.

Tonight – 70% chance of showers, windy. 45°, west wind 15-30 MPH.

Tomorrow – 70% chance of AM showers, afternoon clearing. 55°, northwest wind 5 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

Goodbye record heat, hello Old Man Winter.

A cold front sweeps across the state the next 24 hours. Expect gusty winds up to 30 MPH and a 20% chance of showers Friday afternoon. Rain chances increasing to 70% Friday night into early Saturday. Rain & snow above 6,000 feet tapers off late Saturday morning.

Valley floors should generally see less than 0.30″ rain from this front. Snowfall totals for Mount Lemmon look to be in the 2-4″ range. A Winter Weather Advisory is out for the White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee Counties tonight, where 4-8″ snow is possible.

High temperatures this weekend run 15-20° cooler than this afternoon. Widespread freezing temperatures are on tap for much of Southern Arizona Sunday morning. Afternoon temperatures next week peak in the 60s.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Santa’s Tucson test flight, captured Thursday by Grant Morgan. Now we know how he makes the naughty & nice list.

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