PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for much of central and southwest Arizona, including the Phoenix metro area.
Morning lows are expected to range from the mid-20s to mid-30s in the region with some areas potentially staying below freezing for several hours. Mesa, Chandler and Queen Creek will probably be among the coldest Valley locations with forecast lows of 27. Downtown Phoenix will see a low 36 while Surprise and Litchfield Park will also drop into the 20s.
The freeze warning begins at midnight and runs until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
After this very cold start to the New Year, there will be a slow warming trend for the rest of this week. By mid-week we should see highs in the mid-60s, a trend that should last through the weekend. No major storms are in the forecast for the next seven days.