Colder temperatures and chance of rain from Monday
After a weekend of fine weather, a winter storm is heading into southern Arizona starting Monday, bringing colder temperatures and a chance of rain.
Moderate rain and mountain snow are expected to begin early Monday, the National Weather Service said.
Colder than normal temperatures are also expected, with a Monday high of around 53 degrees. The low temperature should be around 35 degrees.
A winter storm watch is also in effect Monday morning until late at night for areas above 5,000 feet, including the Oracle area, the weather service said.
Winds will also be gusty, especially in Cochise County.
On Tuesday, the chance of morning precipitation decreases from west to east and snow showers are possible mainly in the White Mountains, the NWS said. Cold temperatures and gusty winds east of Tucson will continue.
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Patchy frosts are also expected in parts of Tucson Tuesday before 8 a.m. The day’s high should be around 52 degrees. The minimum will be around 28 degrees.
And the coldest winter temperatures so far are expected Wednesday morning.
Freezing temperatures and widespread freezing are likely in the morning, with lows in the teens and high 20s south and east of Tucson. The high for the day here will be around 54 degrees, which is also below normal temperature for this time of year, the NWS said.
The northern Arizona Highlands will also be under a winter storm watch starting Sunday evening, the Arizona Republic reported. The watch there, which runs from Sunday evening to Monday afternoon, affects Flagstaff, Williams, Prescott, Show Low and the Grand Canyon.
Flagstaff is expected to receive between 6 and 8 inches of snow while near the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, snow could reach up to 12 inches, according to the Arizona Republic.
Visit the Weather Service website for more information on Tucson weather.
Check the Arizona Department of Transportation traffic map for information on weather-related road closures in Arizona.
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Jamie Donnelly covers breaking news for the Arizona Daily Star. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org