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Freeze warning in effect for Tucson this weekend

Posted at 2:58 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 17:10:42-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Cover your plants and crank up your heat -- things are about to get chilly in Tucson this weekend.

A freeze warning is in effect for Tucson on both Friday and Saturday nights from 12 a.m. until 9 a.m., with precipitation in the forecast as well.

KGUN 9 meteorologist Cuyler Diggs say storms passing through southern Arizona Friday night will leave a wet ground. After clouds clear out, that moisture will evaporate, sucking the heat out of the air and leaving the Old Pueblo quite cold with temperatures somewhere in the 20s

Lower lying areas will feel the temperatures particularly chilly -- since heat rises, anywhere near a wash or deep valley could see temperatures in the mid 20s.

With the cold weather on the way, the Pima County Sheriff's Department issued some helpful tips to keep your home, family and pets safe during the freeze:

Meanwhile, the mountains around Tucson could see even more snow Thursday night. The mountains are still in a winter weather advisory from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday with three to five inches of snow expected, and as much as 11 inches in some areas.