Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Winter storm to end the month

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 20% chance of showers late, breezy. 69°, west-southwest wind 15-25 MPH.

Tonight – 60% chance of showers, breezy. 53°, southwest wind 10-20 MPH.

Tomorrow – 60% chance of showers early, breezy. 64°, west wind 10-20 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

A quick-hitting storm system swings toward the state.

Clouds & winds increase this afternoon. Expect west-southwest winds around 15-25 MPH today as highs peak in the upper 60s. Drivers on I-10 may encounter blowing dust east of Willcox, which potentially reduces visibility to less than a mile at times.

Late afternoon features a 20% chance of showers for Metro Tucson, courtesy of a cold front moving in from the Pacific Ocean. Rain chances increase to 60% tonight through the first half of tomorrow. Snow levels bottom out around 6,000 feet, with 5-15″ snow possible above 7,000 feet. For that reason, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Graham & the White Mountains from this evening through Tuesday evening.

Valley rainfall totals along & north of an Ajo-Tucson-Safford line may reach 0.30″ in spots. Areas along the border should see less rain/mountain snowfall.

Highs reach the mid 60s tomorrow, but rebound to the 70s the rest of the work week. More sunshine prevails by Wednesday.

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