PHOENIX -- Warm and dry will be the weather story this week around metro Phoenix. A ridge of high pressure is beginning to build back into Arizona. That will bring high temperatures back into the 80s by mid-week. Overnight lows will continue to run in the 50s.
A weather disturbance next weekend will be close enough to the state to cool us down again. For the weekend, we’re looking at highs in the mid-70s, which is still above average for this time of year.
However, the system is not going to be very strong so we don’t anticipate much in the way of rain or snow in Arizona. It’s beginning to look like we’re going to need a late winter surge in snowfall if we’re going to have any kind of snowpack headed into spring. Of course that snowpack is vital when it comes to filling up Arizona reservoirs.
Right now, with the warm temperatures for the past couple of weeks, there’s very little snowpack in the mountains.