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Boston or Tucson? Two chances for snow in Tucson this week

TUCSON – Winter weather is far from done in SE Arizona. A cold storm system spinning near Las Vegas has already brought light rain to Tucson and snow to Mt. Lemmon.

Here’s a look at some of the various advisories we already have in place across the area.

Let’s first talk the short term.

Today’s system is cold enough that if enough precipitation is left early Tuesday morning, valley floors should see snow. The official forecast has the snow level going down to 3000′. (Tucson’s elevation varies but on average sits at 2500′).

Places most likely to see snow in Tucson include Vail and Corona de Tucson. Once again, it’s going to be a tug-of-war between the cold air arriving while precipitation is still falling.

Oracle, Benson, Sierra Vista, Nogales, Bisbee and Wilcox all have good chances of seeing a dusting to 1-2″ of snow.

Skies clear quickly Tuesday morning but temperatures remain very cold by February standards. Highs will struggle to reach the low 50s and a Hard Freeze Watch – for temperatures below 28 – go active into early Wednesday morning.

Next up; a wetter and maybe colder weather maker moving in Thursday and Friday. Here’s an estimate of rain that could fall in Tucson with the next storm.

Let’s take this with a grain of salt, or snowflake perhaps. It’s a while out, but if close to 2″ of rain fell in the valleys, we could be talking about a couple of feet – or more, of snow in the mountains.

Finally, when’s the last time we had snow on the 7 day forecast for two separate days? I’m not sure we even know the answer.

 

Matt Brode

Matt Brode

Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode has been affiliated with KVOA News 4 Tucson since 2006.
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