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Rain and snow in the Tucson area will be replaced by freezing overnight temperatures

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Brace for chilly overnight temperatures as a winter storm that brought rain and snow to the Tucson area Monday moves in.

A frost watch will be in place late Tuesday through Wednesday morning, according to the Tucson office of the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the Tucson area Wednesday morning will be between 20 and 30 degrees. The weather service said it is taking steps to protect sensitive outdoor plants, wrap or drain outdoor pipes and provide shelter for pets for the next few nights.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be around 50 degrees in Tucson, but skies will begin to clear, according to the NWS.

Expect widespread frost for the next few mornings as the cold sets in for a few nights. Overnight lows will remain around 30 degrees through Saturday.

A winter storm moved through southern Arizona on Monday, bringing rain and snow to the valley at higher elevations. A winter weather advisory was to remain in effect until Tuesday morning above 4,000 feet elevation. Midday precipitation totals on Monday showed many areas of the Tucson metro area receiving at least a half inch or more of rain.

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The Weather Service said snow was reported in Oracle north of Tucson, in the Catalina Mountains and in Vail southeast of the city. Mount Lemmon line cameras show the ground in Summerhaven with new snow cover.

Monday’s storm brought heavy snowfall to high elevations in Arizona, with up to a foot of snow expected in some areas above 7,000 feet by Monday evening. Midday readings showed about 12 inches of snow fell at Arizona Snowbowl and about 8 inches of white snow at Munds Park near Flagstaff.

There were a few highway closures due to snow and ice, but mostly in northern Arizona. You can check az511.gov for the latest closures.

It was a wet morning in Tucson, with snow reported in Oracle and on Mount Lemmon. This time lapse shows rain clouds arriving over the Catalina Mountains. Courtesy of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona.

Video courtesy of University of Arizona in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.


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