It's coming! Wind, rain and snow headed to Southern Arizona
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The winds of change will blow in rain, snow, and much colder temps across southeast Arizona.
Here's a summary of what we can expect Thursday through the weekend:
Strong south winds are forecast during the afternoon and night, with a Wind Advisory for portions of Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties, from 11 AM to 8 PM Thursday. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph are possible, with gusts between 40 and 50 mph. Areas of blowing dust could develop, expecially along the Interstates. Portions of Pima County could also see wind gusts in the 30's.
Snow Levels and Precipitation:
Chances for light rain and snow will begin Thursday afternoon with snow levels around 6000 feet. Snow levels will lower to around 5000 feet Friday and possibly drop down to near 4000 feet by Saturday morning. The heaviest snow is expected Thursday night and Friday across Graham and Greenlee Counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 8pm Thursday until 8 pm Friday, for Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains, including the city of Mount Graham. And a Winter Storm Warning for the White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee counties, including Hannagan Meadow, is in effect from 8 PM Thursday, to 8 PM Friday. This area could see over a foot of snow above 7000 feet. Light snow accumulations could occur elsewhere down to 4000 feet Friday night and early Saturday. This includes places like Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Willcox and Oracle. Light rain and snow showers could linger across southeast Arizona, especially north and east of Tucson, through the weekend.
The first widespread freezing temperatures of the season could occur Sunday night and Monday night in the valleys of Pima and Pinal Counties, including the Tucson Metro. Temperatures could drop to between 28 and 32 degrees. And highs temps in the 50's could last through the middle of next week.