Mother Nature chills Valley, freezes Northern Arizona


by The Associated Press

3TV team coverage

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 4:43 PM

PHOENIX -- If you think it's cold today -- and it is -- just wait until tomorrow.

The cold temperatures didn't stop folks from lining up for the new Chick-fil-A opening at 44th Street and Indian School Road, and they certainly didn't send Arizona State University students determined to be in the front row for Saturday's Pac-12 Championship game scurrying for cover.

Temperatures throughout the Phoenix metro area were hovering in the mid 30s to low 40s at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. 3TV meteorologist April Warnecke said the mercury will be about 10 degrees lower Friday.

Plan on a high of just 56 degrees Thursday, which is about 10 to 12 degrees below the seasonal average.

A freeze warning, the first of the season for the Valley, kicks in for a chunk of central and southern Arizona at 10 p.m. That warning, which includes Phoenix and Tucson will remain in effect for 12 hours. Temperatures. Temperatures will range from the high 20s to the low 30s.

Northern Arizona to have days of freezing temps

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The roads are icy, high winds are sending snow swirling, and it's cold.

Temperatures in parts of northern Arizona aren't expected to be above freezing until next week.

The National Weather Service says a cold front that moved into the high country Wednesday came with wind gusts of up to 50 mph, but authorities say traffic on Interstate 40 from Winslow to the New Mexico state line as not been affected.

Up to five inches of snow were expected at elevations above 6,000 feet. The National Weather Service reported about four inches near the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock by Wednesday afternoon.

A second snow storm this weekend will keep temperatures well below normal through Tuesday.

In Prescott, the city's street maintenance division is standing by to respond to the snow and ice.