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Breakout the umbrellas and shovels for some

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.

Matt Brode

Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode has been affiliated with News 4 Tucson since 2006. He holds his AMS seal of approval and is a proud graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. He is happily married to his wife Ana Maria and proud father to David and Alexa.

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