Cold Front Moving Across Arizona

20 January 2018   Dr. Curtis James
It’s going to get cold for a few days.

Forecast Discussion:

A fairly fast-moving upper-air trough and associated surface low/cold front will move across the Southwest tonight to tomorrow. Expect breezy to windy conditions during this time period, with southwest wind gusts up to 30 mph, turning northwesterly and weakening after the passage of the cold front on Saturday. Attached is an update from the National Weather Service. We will start to see light rain showers in the area early Saturday morning, with the snow levels starting out at around 7,000’. The snow levels will drop well below 5,000’ by the late morning or early afternoon hours, but by that time the brunt of the cold frontal band will have passed the Prescott area and only light snow accumulation is to be expected (less than an inch for most of the area). On the other hand, elevations over 7,000’ along the Mogollon Rim could see 3”-5” of snow on Saturday.

Expect much colder temperatures over the weekend, with mostly sunny skies and gradual warming next week.

C. James

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