PHOENIX -- Temperatures are expected to dip to at or below freezing across the Valley Thursday night through Friday morning.
After a cold front swept through the region and ushered in arctic air from the north, Thursday morning’s low temperatures in the Valley dipped to the 30s and low 40s. Meanwhile, afternoon highs ran between 10 and 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.
In anticipation of another cold night with temperatures dipping at or below freezing, the National Weather Service office in Phoenix issued Freeze Warnings for Maricopa County, including the Greater Phoenix area, northern Pinal County and southern Gila County from 10 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Friday.
Those with sensitive outdoor plants are urged to cover and water them before going to bed. The chill is also dangerous to pets left outside. People who head outdoors without proper winter weather attire are at risk of hypothermia. Exposed pipes are also susceptible to the freeze.
As a trough remains set up over the West cold air will continue to push into the region. Valley daytime highs will not escape the 50s through the start of next week. Overnight lows will also continue to plunge into the 30s.
Another cold front is expected to dive across Arizona Saturday evening through Sunday morning. This will bring the chance for Valley rain and mountain snow. Early snow estimates depict one to three inches of snow above 4000’ with three to seven inches above 5000 feet. Rain is expected to be very limited.