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Snow in Tucson? Up to 2 inches possible early New Year's Day

Posted: 3:40 PM, Dec 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-31 23:39:34Z
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TUCSON, Ariz. — Snow in the Old Pueblo? We might be due for it this New Year's Eve.

A winter weather advisory will go into effect in the Tucson Metro from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. on New Year's Day, with up to 2 inches of snow possible. The advisory comes as a storm from the Pacific moves over southern Arizona, combined with our unusually cold temperatures in the Old Pueblo. That could mean flakes falling and snow sticking to the ground.

The last time that happened? Exactly four years ago -- on early New Year's morning in 2014, with as much as 2 inches in some parts of Tucson.

The mountains, meanwhile, will see a major dump of snow -- 9 to 13 inches above 5,000 feet and as much as 20 inches above 7,000 feet in the Catalinas, the Rincon Mountains and further north. A winter storm warning is in effect for those areas.

The overnight precipitation means temperatures will get even colder the next day. The National Weather Service has also issued a freeze warning for much of southern Arizona Tuesday night all the way up into Phoenix, with overnight lows as frigid as 20 degrees expected.

The snow means residents should take precaution, and remember the "4 P's" for a freeze: People, Pets, Pipes and Plants. Make sure all of them are safe -- bring your pets inside overnight, cover your plants to protect from frost, keep your pipes insulated to protect from freezing or bursting and bundle up. It's going to be a cold New Year's morning.