TUCSON – It’s hard to believe that Tucson tied a record high of 86 degrees Monday when you consider that getting the mercury out of the 50s on Thursday will be a struggle.
We are watching two very different storm systems aiming right for Arizona as of Monday evening. Flash Flood Watches for most of the state are active on Tuesday.
System #1 is churning to our South over Baja California and headed this way. Due to its location, this is a warm weather maker, but also a moist one. Rain will overspread the area by Tuesday afternoon and send bands of it throughout much of the day. Embedded strong-to-severe storms are possible on Tuesday.
System #2 arrives on Wednesday and is currently spinning in the Pacific Northwest. Due to its location, this storm is a much colder one. Expect periods of rain from Wednesday through early Friday morning with snow flying above 6500 feet.
By late Friday, valley rain could approach 1-2 inches and snow could reach 2 feet above 7500 feet. Sharply cooler air will filter in as well.
So we go from a high of 86 degrees on Monday to 60 by Thursday.
Greater refinement of the forecast will be ironed out each day, so be sure to stay with News 4 Tucson on air, online and on your mobile app.