Thu, April 09

Northern Arizona winter storm expected this week

According to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, a strong winter storm system is poised to impact Northern Arizona this week.  Coming on the heels of a very warm, dry period, this storm will cause a very marked change in the weather. 

A strong storm system will move down the west coast this week, and head toward northern Arizona on Thursday. Breezy to windy conditions are expected to begin late on Thursday and continue through Friday.  The greatest weather-related impacts are expected on Friday and Saturday, as strong winds and precipitation moves through the area on Friday, followed by much colder temperatures, low snow levels, and snow showers most areas lingering through Saturday evening.

There will be strong winds (gusts 40-60 mph along and ahead of the front as it passes from west to east across Arizona.  Areas east of the higher terrain will experience the strongest winds. Expect blowing dust along and north of Interstate 40.

The snow level will drop below 4,500 feet by Saturday.  While it does not look to be a very moist system, any snow early in the season has the potential to be of high impact.  Widespread heavy snow is not anticipated at this time.

Much colder temperatures will filter into the area late Friday and Saturday.  Expect temperatures only in the 30s over the high terrain on Saturday.  Low elevation areas that have not experienced their first freeze will likely experience freezing temperatures Saturday night.

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