Fall storm drops rain, snow, and temperatures this week - Tucson News Now

Fall storm drops rain, snow, and temperatures this week

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After a warm start to November, a fall storm developing in the Gulf of Alaska is going to drop the temperatures in Arizona this weekend.  Residents need to be ready for the cold blast, which will be the coolest weather we have seen in Arizona this fall. 

Below is a break down of how this storm will play out. This entry will be updated as new data comes into the First Alert weather center.

  • Today the winds are very gusty with sustained winds around 20-30 MPH and gusts 40-50 MPH. Spotty on & off showers continue all day but the heaviest action will be to the north today. 
  • Saturday is the best chance of rain in the desert basins with snow on the mountains. There is a 30-40% chance of rain and snow during the morning hours with the action tapering off through the afternoon. This rain moves into the area along a cold front sweeping across the state from west to east. Cooler temperatures take over behind the cold front with highs only in the 50s and 60s. Winds won't be as powerful as Friday but it will still be blustery until sunset around 5:30 PM this time of year. Snow levels may drop as low as 5500 feet. Accumulations of a few inches are possible on top of the mountains but most of the area won't see snow on the ground. 
  • Sunday morning will be chilly with temperatures dropping into the 30s for many areas in Southeast Arizona. Afternoon highs will still stick to the 50s but winds will finally calm down for a pleasant but cool day.  
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