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31 January 2011  
Meteorologists Calling for Chilly Week.

thermometer2Prescott-area residents woke up this morning to some snow and can expect some more through tonight.

Even though less snow is expected than experienced New Year's week, chilly temperatures are in store for area residents, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.

"A Pacific low pressure system will move across Northern Arizona today and tonight, producing mainly snow showers over areas west of a line from Payson to Page," they report in their Hazardous Weather Outlook released this morning for Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Apache Counties.

"The snow level will lower to around 4,000 feet," it continues. "An isolated thunderstorm or two will be possible over far eastern Arizona this afternoon."

The outlook is for portions of East Central, North Central and Northeast Arizona and West Central Arizona.

Meteorologists warn the public that it's not so much the snow they should be concerned about but the chilly temperatures coming in after this Pacific air mass moves out east tomorrow.

"A second low pressure system and arctic air mass will arrive Tuesday afternoon and linger through Thursday," the outlook states. "Very cold air and strong winds will create sub-zero wind chills for areas above 6,500 feet. The chance of snow showers will continue, especially across East Central and Northeast Arizona.

"High temperatures on Wednesday could be the coldest so far this winter," meteorologists based in Flagtstaff predict. "Anybody planning outdoor activities from Tuesday through Thursday should be prepared for bitter, cold conditions."

Today we can expect a high of 45-degrees F. in Prescott and 49-degrees F. in Prescott Valley, and a low of around 25.

Although we're looking at sunny weather after Tuesday, Wednesday's high is expected to be around 33-degrees F. and the low is predicted to be between 13- and 15-degrees F., with a wind chill factor causing it to seem even colder.

So, Prescott eNews staff suggests you bundle up, snuggle up and keep indoors this week whenever possible.

Lauren Millette