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Winter storm will bring snow to parts of Tucson

Posted at 2:34 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 17:55:41-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9) — The forecast calls for snow falling in parts of Tucson, but the question is: will it stick, and how much?

Now that we have your attention, let's talk about the weather moving in this afternoon.

This winter storm is moving into an already cooler-than-normal air mass. So we do expect snow levels to quickly fall tonight and tomorrow morning.

First, we will have heavy showers and possible thunderstorms. Areas above 3,500 to 4,000 feet south and east of the metro area will be in for a significant weather event. We could see 3-8 inches of snow in places like Nogales, Sonoita, and Sierra Vista. Some areas above 5,000 feet could have higher amounts -- up to a foot of snow. Keep in mind -- travel may become very dangerous to impossible during this time.

For the metro area, we will likely see some changeover to rain/snow mix or snow down to 2500 feet at times tonight and tomorrow morning. This means much of Tucson will see snow (but it might not accumulate) and some parts of town will get dustings up to 1 inch of snow.

There should not be a major impact on roadways. Higher spots above 2,700 feet in the metro area could get 1-3 inches of snow. Drive safely and take it slow especially Tuesday morning. Those higher spots include the Foothills, Green Valley, Vail, and Corona de Tucson.

Impacts are expected to be relatively minor in the metro area. Wear good shoes with some grip on them and dress in layers tomorrow. More showers are expected in the morning.

Weather clears out and a hard freeze and frost is expected Wednesday morning with Tucson in the 20s.