Weekend weather whiplash on the way

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Posted at 5:50 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 08:45:23-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Hope you're ready for some weather whiplash!

High pressure will be the driving force as we head into Super Bowl weekend.

Tucson highs will warm to the upper 60s today, then low to upper 70s for the weekend, with lots of sunshine and breezy winds at times.

Tucson will see a 20-plus degree drop in highs between Sunday and Tuesday. The last time that happened was in November 2009, when Tucson dropped from 86° to 66° on 20th. The last time this occurred in February, was from the cold snap in 2011. Tucson went from 60° on January 31 dropping to just 38° on February 2nd. And the largest 2 day change in historical record was in 1942, with a 37° drop in temps. It happened in April of that year when Tucson went from 92° on the 21st, to just 55° on the 23rd.

Thankfully our next winter-like storm will wait until after the Super Bowl weekend to arrive.

By Monday a storm will begin dropping down from the pacific northwest, bringing strong winds, much colder temps, and a chance for rain and snow.

This system will be moving fast, so little rain accumulation is expected. Snow totals could reach up to 7" above 7000', with a dusting possible across some valley floors.

Tucson could even see some flurries by Tuesday morning.

Highs will drop to around 60° Monday, then we'll be lucky to make it into the low 50s Tuesday and Wednesday.

Plus, freezing temps can by expected Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Enjoy the warm weekend while it lasts!