Winter storm to impact southern Arizona
Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett
From the KGUN9 Weather Center, The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for elevations above 5,000 feet in eastern Pima, northwest Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties Thursday night through Friday afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 5,000 feet in Santa Cruz and Cochise counties.
Look for snow to accumulate 12-18" above 5,000 feet in eastern Pima, Graham, and Greenlee counties with sporadic measurements of 2 feet by the time this storm ends.
In the valleys, rain will begin late Thursday night and continue through much of the day on Friday. Storm total rainfall will range from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch or more in localized areas.
Winds will range from 30-40 mph in the high terrain with occasional gusts to 50 making travel extremely dangerous.
The storm system will begin to wind down by mid-afternoon Friday, but only for a short time. A secondary low will move in behind the initial one and bring more rain and mountain snow late Friday night through Saturday.
Stay tuned to KGUN9 and KGUN9.com for the latest on this winter storm.