Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Active weather pattern coming

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 63°, northwest wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Increasing clouds. 44°, south-southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of showers late. 62°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

A trio of winter storms are slated to impact the state over the next week.

This afternoon looks to be the nicest day of the next 7. Highs peak in the low 60s under mostly sunny skies. Cloud cover increases across Southern Arizona overnight.

Cold front #1 arrives Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing gusty winds, valley rain & snow down to 5,500 feet. A few lingering showers are possible Friday afternoon, before cold front #2 slams into the state Friday night. This second cold front drops snow levels down to 4,000 feet by Saturday morning. Showers & snow tapers off Saturday afternoon as highs only reach the low 50s.

Between the first two storm systems, valley floors could pick up 0.50-1.50″ rain. Significant snow is expected above 7,000 feet, as a Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the Sky Islands between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. Mount Lemmon, Mount Graham and the White Mountains may receive 15-30″ snow in this timeframe.

Models hint at a third cold front for Monday and Tuesday, supplying another chance of valley rain & mountain snow.

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