Pacific storm bringing big weather changes to Arizona this weekendPosted: Updated:
Warm and dry weather wraps up the workweek before Valley rain, high country snow, gusty winds and cooler temperatures move in this weekend.
High pressure is dominating Arizona's weather pattern for one more day before a low-pressure system tracks into the state from California.
For Friday, look for partly to mostly cloudy skies in Metro Phoenix. Morning lows will be in the 50s with highs in the mid 70s. Phoenix should start off at 54 degrees and warm to 76 degrees. Winds will kick up during the afternoon from the south and southeast with gusts of up to 30 mph. Areas of blowing dust may develop in susceptible dry, desert areas.
Rain chances move into the Valley Friday night, with the best chance of rain Saturday. The forecast is affecting not only planned freeway construction, but also some scheduled events like the Diamondbacks Fan Fest.
Showers will linger Sunday as the area of low-pressure tracks across Southern Arizona.
Overall, we should see between 0.5 inch to 1 inch of rain for the entire weekend. Minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas, with ponding on roadways. Winds will continue to be gusty through Saturday. Daytime highs will dip to the 60s this weekend.
In Northern Arizona, snow levels will range from 7,000 to 8,000 feet Friday night through Saturday, then down between 6,000 to 7,000 feet Saturday night through Sunday. Snowfall totals may reach 1 to 3 inches in the Flagstaff area between Saturday and Sunday night. Wind gusts in the high country will range from 35 to 45 mph at times.
The weather will dry out and begin to warm up again starting Monday.
Winter Storm Watch: SE AZ mtns above 7500 feet, 3 PM Saturday to 5 PM MST Sunday. Snow accums 10"-16" >7500 ft, gusty south winds. #azwx— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) February 16, 2017
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