Phoenix weather: Storm still coming, just a little slower


by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 8:21 PM

PHOENIX -- A strong cold front is making its way through Arizona.

So far, we’re seeing pretty gusty winds. In eastern Arizona, Springerville has recorded a peak wind gust of 55 miles an hour.

In southeast Arizona, the wind has gusted to 43 mph at Tucson and 42 mph at Green Valley. Here in the Valley, our peak wind gust as of 2 p.m. Tuesday was Chandler with a gust of 28 mph.

The rain and snow are coming. Right now our forecast maps are indicating that the heaviest precipitation won’t begin until after midnight.

There is every indication this is going to be a fairly major storm, producing 8 to 16 inches of snow above the 7,000 foot level of Arizona. We won’t be surprised if we get some localized snow totals topping 20 inches!

It’s also going to rain Wednesday around metro Phoenix. Here, the forecast maps are indicating we could see one-quarter of an inch of rain or more, especially in northern and eastern parts of the Valley.

At this point, it looks like Wednesday is going to be a cloudy, cold and rainy day with highs only in the mid 50s.

Currently, the National Weather Service has posted both Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for much of northern, eastern and southeast Arizona for Wednesday.

Winter weather will bring deteriorating conditions very rapidly.

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