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Weather Cool-Down Coming

26 February 2015   Lynne LaMaster
Temps look to drop by about 10 degrees or more in northern Arizona.

The weather is expected to be in the mid 50's today and Friday, but after that, you can expect temperatures to drop, according to the National Weather Service, prompting them to release a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region. 

Thursday and Friday are looking at highs near 55º. Friday night, however, will offer a 30% chance at rain showers and wind in the 13-20mph range, gusting up to 30 mph. 

Saturday brings a 70% chance of showers, tapering to 50% on Sunday. A chance of showers will continue through Monday evening. Higher elevations in the eastern part of the state are looking at potential snow from Friday through Monday. 

There might be a brief break between storm systems on Monday night, but another storm is expected to roll in Tuesday morning. Tuesday and Wednesday could bring more rain and possible snow to the area. 

"This has the potential to be a long duration rain and snow event for Northern Arizona with major travel impacts," states the National Weather Service website. "Residents and visitors are urged to pay close attention to the latest forecasts and be prepared for significant rain and snow."

"Probably a good idea to get your winter travel kit replenished," is the advice on the Weather site

Be prepared

  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled
  • Update your list of emergency phone numbers (add phone numbers for utilities, cable, phone in case of outage)
  • Got candles? Just in case!
  • Check your flashlight batteries
  • Do your shopping now, so you can stay inside if necessary
  • Make sure you have backup batteries for various gadgets
  • Keep extra water jugs
  • Don't forget pet food!
  • Got a few books or puzzles you've been planning to tackle? This weekend might be ideal. 

If traveling

  • Keep your car gassed up
  • Have an extra couple of jugs of water in the trunk
  • Keep your cell phones charged
  • If traveling, let people know where you are going, and what your planned route is
  • Toss a blanket or two in your trunk, as well as a few snacks

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Flagstaff mountains in the snow./kl